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UN General Assembly Passes Arms Trade Treaty, Senate Rebuffs
NRA-ILA ^ | April 5, 2013

Posted on 04/06/2013 2:12:12 PM PDT by jazusamo

On April 2, the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. The vote in the General Assembly was necessary to push the treaty process forward after negotiations twice failed to deliver on the goal of developing the treaty by unanimous consent. The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signature June 3.

The text of the approved treaty is deeply problematic and threatens the rights and privacy of American gun owners. Signatories are encouraged to keep information on the "end users" of arms imported into their territory and supply such information to the exporting country. Exporting nations, nearly all of which have civilian firearm control regimes far harsher than the U.S., are encouraged to take the firearm control laws of an importing country into account before approving a transfer of arms. The treaty also encourages states to adopt domestic legislation to facilitate the treaty's onerous requirements.

For U.S. gun owners, the fight now moves to the Senate, where the Obama administration would need to find 67 senators to ratify the treaty. A majority of senators have already made clear their opposition. On March 23, 53 senators endorsed an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, "establish[ing] a deficit neutral fund" to oppose United States entrance into the treaty. Additionally, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), along with 32 cosponsors, has put forth a concurrent resolution expressing the Senate's opposition to the ATT, as it "fails to expressly recognize the fundamental, individual right to keep and to bear arms and the individual right of personal self-defense... and thus risks infringing on freedoms protected by the Second Amendment."

Following U.N. passage of the treaty, several senators were quick to further register their opposition. In an April 2 press release, Sen. Moran made clear his continued opposition to the ATT and urged his colleagues to do the same, noting, "Given the apparent support of the Obama Administration for the ATT, members of the U.S. Senate must continue to make clear that any treaty that violates our Second Amendment freedoms will be an absolute nonstarter for ratification." Moran's office also pointed out that the General Assembly vote illustrates how the Obama Administration reneged in its previous insistence that the ATT be developed by consensus.

Also commenting on the ATT vote was Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who reiterated some of the NRA's concerns about the document, stating, "The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that passed in the General Assembly today would require the United States to implement gun-control legislation as required by the treaty, which could supersede the laws our elected officials have already put into place."

Similarly, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) urged Senate opposition, declaring, "It's our job to make sure any treaty the U.S. enters doesn't interfere with our sovereign ability to uphold the rights of Americans… The arms treaty simply doesn't include strong enough protections to pass that test, and I won't support any treaty that undermines the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Montanans."

A day later, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined in with a statement in which the senator explains, "I have great concerns that this treaty can be used to violate the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, and do not believe we should sign any treaty that infringes on the sovereignty of our country."

Unfortunately, once a treaty has been signed, it normally remains available for the Senate to ratify in perpetuity, unless a later president withdraws from it. This means that American gun owners must remain vigilant in ensuring this treaty is never ratified. In the coming months and years, the NRA will keep gun owners up to date on any movement toward ratification, and will work with our allies in the Senate to ensure the treaty remains unratified.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armstradetreaty; armstreaty; banglist; guncontrol; nra; obama; secondamendment; un; unitednations

1 posted on 04/06/2013 2:12:12 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
We must get the hell out of the UN and kick it off our shores.
2 posted on 04/06/2013 2:20:46 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: jazusamo

More worried about Obama, than U.N.


3 posted on 04/06/2013 2:21:21 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Logical me

Agreed, it’s now nothing but a scam for nations to rip off money.


4 posted on 04/06/2013 2:22:56 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Yep, and obama would like nothing better than to use this as a tool for his gun grabbing.
5 posted on 04/06/2013 2:24:35 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Absolutely.


6 posted on 04/06/2013 2:28:33 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: jazusamo

The Senate should take it up immediately and erase it.


7 posted on 04/06/2013 2:32:33 PM PDT by stevem
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To: jazusamo

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Barry Soetoro, aka B. Hussein Obama, first Inaugural quote: “I want to FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA!”

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IMHO, the Counterculture of Obamanation will continue to destroy America for as long as the Congressional RINOs allow it to, and not one minute more - - - - .


8 posted on 04/06/2013 2:34:41 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: jazusamo

Documentation File on the harmful impact of the Counterculture of Obamanation on America.

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Barry Soetoro, aka B. Hussein Obama, first Inaugural quote: “I want to FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA!”

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IMHO, the Counterculture of Obamanation will continue to destroy America for as long as the Congressional RINOs allow it to, and not one minute more - - - - .


9 posted on 04/06/2013 2:34:41 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: stevem
I agree but the way the last paragraph reads they can't erase it. This Senate will not ratify it but after Obama signs it it remains for any future Senate to ratify unless a future president withdraws it.

Anyway, that's the way I interpret it.

10 posted on 04/06/2013 2:38:21 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Graewoulf

Bump.


11 posted on 04/06/2013 2:39:13 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

12 posted on 04/06/2013 2:39:37 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

Only 53 Senators oppose this thing from the UN, so we’re going to need to watch them every second. You interpret correctly.


13 posted on 04/06/2013 2:45:44 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
100%
14 posted on 04/06/2013 2:52:09 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: jazusamo; All
Patriots who actually study the Constitution and its history can tell you the following about constitutional limits on the power of the Senate and Oval Office to negotiate treaties. Regardless that the uninitiated fear treaties as a back door for Congress and the Oval Office to force US citizens to comply with foreign/international laws based on powers which the states have never delegated to Congress via the Constitution, the Supreme Court has already clarified that treaties must respect constitutonal limits on federal government powers.
"2. Insofar as Art. 2(11) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice provides for the military trial of civilian dependents accompanying the armed forces in foreign countries, it cannot be sustained as legislation which is "necessary and proper" to carry out obligations of the United States under international agreements made with those countries, since no agreement with a foreign nation can confer on Congress or any other branch of the Government power which is free from the restraints of the Constitution (emphasis added)." --Reid v. Covert, 1956.

The reason that DC lawmakers are not being impeached for trying to use UN to steal our gun righs is that the lawmakers who can impeach need to be impeached themselves imo.

15 posted on 04/06/2013 3:06:33 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Logical me

That is the only real solution. US out of UN and UN out of US.

This but one more in a string of outrages perpetrated by a collection of degenerate socialist western European States, a cabal of third world thug dictatorships and a mob of Islamic sheikdoms.


16 posted on 04/06/2013 3:33:18 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://gatesofvienna.net/)
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Fight the Leftist Gun Grabbers.
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17 posted on 04/06/2013 3:40:53 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: jazusamo

UN and gun control treaty


18 posted on 04/06/2013 3:57:29 PM PDT by quintr
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To: jazusamo

How many times has a US president backed a UN resolution that is unconstitutional?


19 posted on 04/06/2013 4:17:03 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Graewoulf

I believe you’re misquoting the president. What he said was, “I want to fundamentally screw America.”

Never mind; it’s an easy mistake to make.


20 posted on 04/06/2013 4:29:17 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: jazusamo

Of great concern is that, as soon as Obama signs it in June, he will ignore the senate and start passing anti-gun executive orders right, left and sideways, using the US *signing* as an excuse.

The scurrilous idea is that “Not all parts of the treaty are really ‘treaties’, so don’t need the approval of the senate.”

This is the same corrupt thinking by which he appointed recess appointments while congress was in session, and carried out several other dictatorial decisions, “because congress has failed to do so.”

He doesn’t care if this is challenged in federal court, because that will take a long time, can be appealed if he loses, could be a clear win if the judges agree with him; and finally, he can ignore the federal courts and do it anyway, correctly estimating he can get away with it.


21 posted on 04/06/2013 4:37:48 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: jazusamo

UN = Dangerous at every turn.


22 posted on 04/06/2013 5:55:32 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jazusamo

Don’t worry: there are a lot of Democrats from conservative states who will be in tough elections. This will never pass. :)

-the smartest people in the room, March 2010 right before Obamacare passed....


23 posted on 04/06/2013 6:12:35 PM PDT by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: Jack Hammer

Documentation File on the harmful impact of the Counterculture of Obamanation on America.

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Barry Soetoro, aka B. Hussein Obama, 5 days before the end of GWB Presidential term, said: “We are five days away from FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!”

Going on 5 years now, the best friends that Obama could have had to help him achieve his above stated dastardly goal were the RINO leadership in the US House and Senate, AND THEY ARE STILL IN POWER!

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IMHO, the Counterculture of Obamanation will continue to destroy America for as long as the US Congressional RINOs allow it to, and not one minute more - - - - .


24 posted on 04/06/2013 7:31:05 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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