Gun control has been on the agenda of the U.N. General Assembly’s meeting in New York this week resulting in U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signing the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
The ATT is supposed to keep weapons and small arms out of the hands of terrorists and human rights violators by establishing international regulations and the control of the transfer of arms across countries. It is the first treaty of its kind.
In 2009, the United States insisted the language in the treaty protect American’s Second Amendment rights. However, Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA says, “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme.” On April 2, 2013, the U.N. General Assembly approved the final wording of the treaty and opened it to signatures on June 3, 2013. For the treaty to take affect, 50 countries must ratify the treaty. So far, only five have ratified. The United States is the 89th country to sign. Further, the ATT needs two-thirds Senate majority vote to approve and bind the United States to the treaty.
Senator James M. Inhofe from Oklahoma says the Senate will not ratify the treaty, “Fifty-three Senators from both parties went on the record and voted against the treaty, meaning the president does not have the two-thirds approval necessary for ratification.” Cheaper Than Dirt! has covered the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty since 2012 and will continue to monitor and report on its progress.
To learn read more about the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, please read the following blogs:
- Wake up America! Who is in the Second Amendment’s Corner?
- Rumor Control: Is the UN Small Arms Treaty a Threat to The United States 2nd Amendment Rights?
- U.N. Gun Threat: ATT ‘Will Have A Real Impact’
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