John Kerry Signs U.N. Gun Control Treaty

John Kerry Signs U.N. Gun Control Treaty

The NRA has been warning Americans of the danger presented by the UN Arms Treaty and then now, the Obama Administration has signed on to it.

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Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.

…The National Rifle Association blasted the plan, claiming it would impose an “invasive registration scheme” by requiring importing countries to give exporting countries information on “end users.”

“The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “These are blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American. The NRA will continue to fight this assault on our fundamental freedom.”

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., one of the most vocal opponents of the treaty, also sent a letter to Kerry declaring the treaty “dead in the water,” since a majority of senators has gone on record against the agreement.

“The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats,” he wrote.
Kerry, who is in New York attending the U.N. General Assembly session, announced earlier this year that the administration planned to sign the treaty.

The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country.

Still, gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulations inside the U.S. and have threatened not to ratify.

Over the summer, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to President Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the measure for this and other reasons.

The chance of adoption by the U.S. is slim. A two-thirds majority would be needed in the Senate to ratify.

Passing the treaty would require every Democrat to sign on board and more Republicans than John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Given that signing on to this would likely be a career-ender for every politician who isn’t in a deep blue state, it’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future, no matter how badly Barack Obama wants it. Still, since the Obama Administration is signing on to this Treaty, Republicans shouldn’t hesitate to bring it up next year at election time. A vote for the Democrats is a vote for a party that wants to get the United Nations involved in gun control in America.

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