BELLEVUE, Wash., May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) added Russia's The Right to Arms as its newest member working to protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms around the globe. Right to Arms joins a coalition of 20 other groups from 11 countries on five different continents that represent millions of firearm owners and citizens concerned about civilian arms rights.
"IAPCAR is quickly expanding as the premier international arms rights organization with groups like Right to Arms as new allies in securing the human right to keep and bear arms," said IAPCAR executive director, Philip Watson.
"The push for civilian arms rights continues to grow at a fast pace as this week we've added ANARMA of Spain and now Right to Arms of Russia as new members," Watson observed.
"It is a great honor for our group to join IAPCAR," said Right to Arms chairman Maria Butina. As Russia's highest profile gun rights advocacy organization, Right to Arms also runs the popular website (http://vooruzhen.ru/).
Julianne Versnel, director of operations for the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), established IAPCAR to serve as a vehicle to unify arms rights groups against international threats to the human right of self-defense and the legitimate use of guns.
"IAPCAR strongly opposes any U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that infringes on national sovereignty and civilian arms rights for self-defense," said SAF's Versnel.
CCRKBA's Gottlieb added, "The growth of this international movement to protect the individual right to keep and bear arms is an unprecedented advancement for freedom."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation