Secretary of State John Kerry has signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the Obama administration and the National Rifle Association, which has spent years fighting the treaty, isn’t happy about it.
“The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action Chris W. Cox said. “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme. The NRA will continue working with the United States Senate to oppose ratification of the ATT.”
Keep in mind, the treaty isn’t about weapons “of war” as the UN wants us all to believe, but instead covers “small are and light weapons,” which means firearms owned by U.S. citizens are fair game. More from the NRA:
Notably, the ATT includes “small arms and light weapons” within its scope, which covers firearms owned by law-abiding citizens. Further, the treaty urges recordkeeping of end users, directing importing countries to provide information to an exporting country regarding arms transfers, including “end use or end user documentation” for a “minimum of ten years.” Each country is to “take measures, pursuant to its national laws, to regulate brokering taking place under its jurisdiction for conventional arms.” Data kept on the end users of imported firearms is a de-facto registry of law-abiding firearms owners, which is a violation of federal law. Even worse, the ATT could be construed to require such a registry to be made available to foreign governments.
That being said, the Senate would have to ratify the treaty for it to go into full effect, which is not expected.
“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,” Cox said.