The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which many consider Obama’s way of taking executive action on gun control, is set to take effect on Christmas Eve. Though there is very little chance that two-thirds of the Senate would ratify the treaty, Catherine Mortensen, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, says there is still ample cause for concern.
Mortensen told The Blaze:
“We are worried about an end-run around Congress. Barack Obama or a future anti-gun president could use ATT and international norms compliance to rationalize enacting gun control policies through executive actions, especially in the import and export realms. Even now, with an existing appropriations rider prohibiting action to implement the treaty unless it is approved by Congress, administration officials are publicly professing support for international efforts to bring the treaty into effect. That’s outrageous. The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is an attempt by other countries – including some despotic regimes – to try and infringe on our constitutional rights. While the NRA and a bipartisan majority of pro-gun Senators have succeeded in blocking this treaty’s ratification in the United States, this treaty is a very real threat. The United Nations is trying to establish what they call basic norms and bring international pressure on the United States to eviscerate our Second Amendment Rights and they have found willing allies in the Obama administration and John Kerry.”
Not surprisingly, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are huge supporters of the treaty. “Make no mistake, we would never think about supporting a treaty that is inconsistent with the rights of American citizens to be able to exercise their guaranteed rights under our constitution,” Kerry said shortly after its passage. The U.N. General Assembly adopted the treaty in April 2013 with a vote of 154 to 3.
The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty would greatly infringe on the Second Amendment rights of Americans, as it requires that, “Each State Party shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” It further states that, “Each State Party is encouraged to include in those records: the quantity, value, model/type, authorized international transfers of conventional arms covered under Article 2 (1), conventional arms actually transferred, details of exporting State(s), importing State(s), transit and trans-shipment State(s), and end users, as appropriate.”
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