United Nations Conference to Review Progress
Made in the Implementation of the
Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in
Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects
30 June 2006
Statement of James C. Fulmer
National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association
Mr. President I am not a diplomat, in fact this is the first UN event that I
have ever attended. For the record I am James C. Fulmer, Past President of the
National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Our organization is headquartered in
Friendship, Indiana, in the United States of America. We have over 20,000
members from all walks of life, men, women, young, and old.
There also members from other countries from around the world. There are similar
black powder associations like the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association in
other parts of the world.
My organization did not speak at the 2001 Conference, although we were present
at that event. Mr. President I have reviewed the proceeding of the 2001
Conference, including NGO statements. I have also been present here for the past
few days listening and learning. I am struck by something.
I am struck, by how little awareness there is on the part of many delegates and
NGO representatives that there are such organizations as the National Muzzle
Loading Rifle Association. In 2001 several groups such as Sporting Clays
Association and the Single Action Shooting Society spoke. Groups like mine are
not the large, active organization that you would usually associate with
political issues. However, we do exist and we do represent people who use quote
"small arms" unquote for a wonderful hobby.
Let me say that although we use muzzleloading antique or replica firearms that
have long since ceased to be used in conflicts, we are not any less concerned by
what you do here than our brother and sister organizations that use more modern
arms. If you do something, at this Conference, that impacts even a few hunters,
sport shooters or legal firearms owners, you do it to all of us.
Mr. President, I would very much endorse the idea that this Conference needs to
formally acknowledge the legitimacy of hunting, sport shooting activities and
legal firearms ownership. Thank you.