The goal of the treaty should be to curtail illicit and irresponsible transfers of
conventional arms, and their diversion from legal trade into the illicit market. The
treaty should not impede the legitimate trade in conventional arms, nor should it
discourage or undermine the use of firearms for recreational activities or other
forms of lawful and responsible ownership and use as recognized by States parties.
Canada is particularly concerned that the treaty not place new burdens on lawful
Canada therefore believes that the goal of the treaty should be clearly stated in
its preamble and requests the inclusion of the following two (or similar) preambular
“Recognizing that the purpose of the Arms Trade Treaty is to prevent,
combat and eradicate the illicit and irresponsible transfer of conventional arms
and their diversion into the illicit market, including for use in transnational
organized crime and terrorism,
“Noting that the Arms Trade Treaty acknowledges and respects
responsible and accountable trans-national use of firearms for recreational
purposes, such as sport shooting, hunting and other forms of similar lawful
activities, whose legitimacy is recognized by the States Parties”.