Parliamentary Forum statement on civilian possession of automatic and semi-automatic rifles

The Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons has issued a policy statement on civilian possession of automatic and semi-automatic rifles, adopted during their board meeting in New York on 23 October this year. It states that, “ Such kinds of weapons – which do not only relate to illegal trafficking, conflict zones or high levels of gun violence but have also been used to perpetrate massacres in countries including New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, United States and recently in Norway - should be banned from civilian possession”. They recommend that the 2012 Review Conference on the Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) considers the inclusion of civilian possession of these rifles within its scope. Read the full statement here:

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