United Nations Conference to Review the
PROGRAM OF ACTION
PREVENT, COMBAT AND ERADICATE THE ILLICIT TRADE IN SMALL ARM AND LIGHT WEAPONS
IN ALL ITS ASPECTS
"Comments From The Civilian Manufacturing Sector"
C. Edward Rowe, Chairman
Manufacturers Advisory Group
30 June 2006
Thank you President Kariyawasam.
I am Ted Rowe, Chairman of the Manufacturers Advisory Group of the World Forum
on the Future of Sport Shooting Activities. Mr. President I wish to compliment
you on the outstanding manner in which you are conducting this important
Conference. I commend you for your efforts in reaching out to civil society and
private sector groups as you prepared for this meeting.
Mr. President, earlier Carlo Peroni the President of the World Forum gave you a
brief description of the organization. I might add that the World Forum
represents over ten million association members in the international arena. The
Manufacturers Advisory Group of the World Forum has within its membership the
major civilian firearms manufacturers of the world.
Mr. President, the Manufacturers Advisory Group was founded in January of 2001
and has conducted numerous workshops and appearances internationally where the
small arms issue has been discussed. Over the years these meetings have been
conducted in Rome, London, New York, Naples, Geneva, Sardinia and Canberra,
Australia. We have always sought to make positive contributions and we were
particularly active in the formation of workshops on the criterion for marking
and tracing. We have also held workshops on brokering, definitions and other
issues not directly related to the UN such as the effects of lead in ammunition
and shooting range ventilation.
Mr. President I would very much like to reiterate something that I said at the
2005 Biennial Meeting of States. At that time I complimented the delegations of
Japan and China as well as the members of the European Union and others for
their efforts in defining small arms as those "manufactured to military
specifications for use as a lethal weapon of war". We still maintain that small
arms should be defined only as "fully automatic firearms for use as weapons of
Mr. President, it serves no real useful purpose for this body to expend its
effort on the lawfully owned civilian firearms of the world. Similarly it should
not expend its efforts on something as impractical as ammunition markings. As
you and I have discussed, the "net" must be designed so as to allow the
legitimate to survive and to catch only the illicit.
Mr. President, the Program of Action has been studied and reviewed and is on its
way to implementation. The Program is complete and needs now only to be put into
place by each of the States according to their own constitution and regional
Mr. President, we stand ready to assist and to cooperate with you and the
individual States and to share our knowledge in the finalization of this
completed Program of Action.