Skip to comments.Idaho’s [Senator] Risch vows to stall U.N. arms treaty
Posted on 04/08/2013 7:18:41 PM PDT by Red Steel
WASHINGTON An international framework for controlling the global arms trade appears to be headed for a brick wall on Capitol Hill, and Idahos junior senator is among the chief bricklayers.
Save your ink. Its not going anywhere, U.S. Sen. Jim Risch said this week.
The United Nations arms trade treaty, approved by an overwhelming majority of countries Tuesday, seeks to regulate an industry that topped $85 billion in 2011, according to the Congressional Research Service. But the Senate will have the final say on whether the United States joins the pact. Risch and other senators on both sides of the aisle bristle at the agreement, which they fear could infringe upon Americans Second Amendment rights and expand international control over domestic affairs.
One of the best ways (the U.N.) can expand is by passing these treaties that deal with things that should be dealt with by us, said Risch, a Republican from Boise serving on the Senates Foreign Relations Committee.
Secretary of State John Kerry has tried, so far without success, to ease Senate concerns about the treaty.
Lauding its U.N. passage Tuesday, Kerry disputed suggestions that the treaty trumps the Second Amendment. A preamble in the agreements language reaffirms the sovereign right of any State to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its own territory.
The agreement calls for nations to establish an arms sale registry, similar to a program already codified in U.S. federal law. The registry would include everything from tanks to light weapons, to help prevent such items being sold to rogue nations and terrorists. Opponents, including the National Rifle Association, worry that could pressure the United States to enact similar measures for civilian gun sales.
Whenever you pass these treaties, you always get hit by the laws unintended consequences, Risch said.
Should President Barack Obama send the agreement to the Senate, it would need 67 votes for ratification. But just two weeks ago, in the early morning hours of debate on a budget resolution, Risch and Sen. Mike Crapo, another Idaho Republican, were among 53 senators including eight Democrats signaling their intent to block ratification. Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, have raised no objections.
Judd Deere, a spokesman for Crapos office, said the senators opposition was based on the treatys vague language and what appears to be exclusive U.N. authority over interpretation.
The Senate already has its hands full with a slate of gun control legislation when it reconvenes Monday. The White House is reviewing the U.N. treaty, and if it receives Obamas signature it would go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the committee, said the treaty would receive a vigorous and fair review. Risch, a member of the committee, said he was uncertain whether the agreement would hit the Senate floor at all.
Similar concerns about encroachment of U.S. sovereignty doomed a U.N. treaty addressing discrimination against those with disabilities in December. The Senate mustered a majority for that treaty, originally signed in 2006, but couldnt reach the votes needed for approval. Crapo and Risch also voted against that agreement.
Who is this guy? :D
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Why do we allow representatives of foreign powers to hold meetings on our soil that were intended to disarm us?
Jim Risch used to be the Lt. Governor of Idaho. He’s one of the good guys.
This UN treaty is a threat to our Second Amendment rights.
WTF is the UN sticking its ugly nose in US business anyway?
Oh I forgot, we have a multicultural population thanks to that very UN.
“This UN treaty is a threat to our Second Amendment rights”
Yes it is. Every UN treaty is a threat to our rights.
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