Conservative website wrong on effects, purpose of UN conference

Conservative website wrong on effects, purpose of UN conference

A conservative website falsely claimed that U.S. representatives to the United Nations promised to push for gun-control policies at home. "US representatives promise implement of UN gun-control plans," said a July 5, 2018, headline from the Conservative Daily Post website. The report cited a similar story from the New American, a bimonthly magazine for "freedom-loving Americans" who support "limited government under the Constitution," according to its about page . Facebook flagged this story as part of its efforts to combat false news and misinformation on Facebook’s News Feed. ( Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) This is not the first time we have encountered falsehoods concerning the U.N. and gun control. We previously looked at the claim that a U.N. treaty would mandate a "new international gun registry" and a chain email that wrongly accused the Obama administration of planning to use international treaties to ban all weapons. As with these past statements, there is also a lot wrong with this new report about the U.N. conference. The report said U.S. representatives attending the Third Review Conference for the June 2018 U.N. Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons agreed "to begin developing ‘legal frameworks’ … that will enforce ‘proper management’ of ‘small arms and light weapons’ stockpiles." The report went on to say, misleadingly, that the United States pledged to help the U.N. track and confiscate firearms, including stockpiles owned by private citizens. "In other words, the United States government is expected to help push […]

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