United Nations Push for Gun Control Treaty Continues

United Nations Push for Gun Control Treaty Continues

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Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- A UN committee wrapped up a week-long series of meetings on a massive treaty that could undermine both U.S. sovereignty and the Second Amendment.

This is the third round of meetings by the so-called “preparatory committee” on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as the UN gears up for final negotiations in 2012.

The most comprehensive treaty of its kind, the ATT would regulate weapons trade throughout the world on everything from battleships to bullets.

And as information trickles out of Turtle Bay in New York City, it is obvious the UN is getting more clever about taking the focus off of “small arms.”

With an eye cast in the direction of the U.S. —in particular, toward the U.S. Senate which must ratify the treaty— the most recent Draft Paper for the Arms Trade Treaty recognizes in its preamble “the sovereign right of States to determine any regulation of internal transfers of arms and national ownership exclusively within their territory, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership.”

That statement, taken by itself, is troubling. Americans’ right to keep and bear arms exists whether or not it is “recognized” by some UN committee. The right enshrined in the Second Amendment predates our own Constitution, and does not need an international stamp of approval.

But the preamble aside, the scope of the treaty is what’s most damaging. Though negotiations will continue for another year, some provisions are certain to be contained in the final draft.

The ATT will, at the very least, require gun owner registration and microstamping of ammunition. And it will define manufacturing so broadly that any gun owner who adds so much as a scope or changes a stock on a firearm would be required to obtain a manufacturing license.

It would also likely include a ban on many semi-automatic firearms (i.e., the Clinton gun ban) and demand the mandatory destruction of surplus ammo and confiscated firearms.

Any suggestion that the treaty might not impact all firearms —right down to common hunting rifles— was thrown out the window after seeing the reaction to the Canadian government’s motion that hunting rifles be exempted from the treaty.

The Canadian representative caused a stir among the other delegates this week when he proposed that the treaty include the following language: “Reaffirming that small arms have certain legitimate civilian uses, including sporting, hunting, and collecting purposes.”

While Canadian gun owners were pleased with even the slightest movement by its government to protect gun rights, the proposed language is yet another indication that ALL firearms are “on the table.”

Feeble as it is, Canadian proposal was viewed as a major wrench thrown in the works, and had the anti-gunners crying foul.

Kenneth Epps is a representative with the Canadian anti-gun group known as Project Plowshares. According to Postmedia News, Epps said Canada’s move is hampering efforts to forge a comprehensive global arms control regime.

Noting that there is little difference between a sniper rifle and a hunting rifle, Epps said, “The problem is that once you introduce exemptions, others will do the same. It’s the thin edge of the wedge….From a humanitarian perspective, all firearms need to be controlled, and that’s the bottom line.”

Such statements are eagerly welcomed by the Obama administration. Since it has been largely stymied in pushing gun control in Congress, U.S. negotiators will push the envelope as far as they can.

The U.S. Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, a key negotiator of the ATT, is anti-gun former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher of California. Tauscher said last year that her team at the State Department “will work between now and the UN Conference in 2012 to negotiate a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty.”

In 2009, newly confirmed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reversed the position of the Bush administration (which voted against the treaty in 2008) and stated that “The United States is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard in this area.”

International standards, however, may not be the only, or even the primary, objective.

Former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, observes that, “The hidden agenda of a lot of the people who sought to negotiate a small arms treaty really had less to do with reducing dangers internationally and a lot more to do with creating a framework for gun control statutes at the national level.”

Bolton explains that pressure from the groups agitating for the treaty —groups such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)— is geared toward constraining the freedoms of countries that recognize gun rights. “And specifically, and most importantly, [to] constrain the United States,” Bolton said.

Negotiators, from abroad and within the Obama administration, view arms control as protecting human rights, rather than seeing civilian disarmament for what it is—the favorite tool of despots, dictators and tyrants to maintain power by engaging in mass murder and genocide.

And, perversely, in many instances those resisting an oppressive, genocidal regime would be held in the same light as criminals and terrorists and be legally prohibited under the ATT from purchasing weapons.

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) makes this point in a letter he drafted to President Obama: “[T]he underlying philosophy of the Arms Trade Treaty is that transfers to and from governments are presumptively legal, while transfers to non-state actors…are, at best, problematic.”

Sen. Moran’s letter, in which he is joined by other pro-gun Senators, warned that any treaty “that seeks in any way to regulate the domestic manufacture, assembly, possession, transfer, or purchase of firearms, ammunition, and related items would be completely unacceptable to us.”

U.S. freedom is clearly in the sights of the ATT. The time to take action is now, before the treaty moves into final negotiations.

ACTION: Urge your Senators to oppose any UN effort to impose restrictions on the Second Amendment, and to sign on to Sen. Moran’s letter to President Obama in opposition to the ATT.

Click here to send your Senators a prewritten message.

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7 thoughts on “United Nations Push for Gun Control Treaty Continues

  1. Thanks to NRA’s efforts this letter has 28 signatures already. NRA’s been urging their members to call/email their Senators about the Moran letter for several weeks.http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=6928

    NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Stands Up for American Gun Owners at United Nations

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre drew a line in sand on behalf of American gun owners at the United Nations Thursday. LaPierre spoke to the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee, the group drafting an international treaty that will supposedly control all non-nuclear arms, worldwide, including civilian firearms. He told the audience of delegates from approximately 150 UN member states that the NRA would vehemently oppose any UN treaty that in any way restricts American gun owners’ rights. (To watch the speech, please click here.)

    LaPierre made the position of NRA and American gun owners clear. “The NRA will fight with all of its strength to oppose any ATT that includes civilian firearms within its scope,” he stated emphatically.

    LaPierre reminded the audience that under the American system a treaty must be approved by two-thirds of the United States Senate to be ratified. He also told them that there was already significant resistance in the Senate, including a letter to President Obama, now being circulated, that opposes the proposed treaty. LaPierre pointed out that it was unprecedented to have a treaty rejected before it was even presented.

    Executive Vice President LaPierre presented the UN group with a long list of ways the treaty would interfere with American gun owners’ rights. These include bans on certain types of arms, registration requirements, a UN demand for more domestic firearms laws, barriers to international trade in firearms and ammunition, special permits for hunters travelling to different countries and a new UN gun control bureaucracy. He said these were just a few of the objections that the NRA had to the proposed treaty. LaPierre went on to say the only way these objections could be addressed was to completely exclude civilian firearms from the treaty.

    The issue of including civilian firearms within an ATT is perhaps the most contentious question facing the Preparatory Committee. Earlier in the day, Canada took a position that hunting firearms should be excluded from any ATT. Mexico immediately responded that they should be included. It has been Mexico’s strident view that any UN ATT must control civilian firearms.

    UN officials were visibly taken aback by LaPierre’s statement, coming as it did after the earlier skirmish between Canada and Mexico. There is clear opposition in the U.S. Senate to an ATT that includes civilian firearms, especially given the two-thirds vote requirement and the already emerging opposition. At this time, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) is circulating a letter to be sent to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly stating opposition to any inclusion of civilian arms in the proposed treaty. As of today, that letter has 28 signatories, only a few short of the number needed to block the treaty (please click here to read related story). NRA worked closely with Sen. Moran in drafting his letter, and we continue to actively lobby senators to sign it.

    LaPierre made it clear, and anti-gun treaty advocates should now understand this simple reality: Any treaty that includes civilian firearms will not win approval by the United States Senate, and will therefore not include the United States.

    The UN ATT Preparatory Committee will next meet the week of February 13, 2012 and then there will be a four-week negotiating session to (theoretically) finalize the treaty in July of 2012. To keep up the pressure against an anti-gun treaty, NRA members are strongly encouraged to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to stand by Sen. Moran, the Constitution and America’s gun owners by supporting and signing his critically important letter. You can find contact information for your U.S. Senators here, or you may contact them by phone at (202) 224-3121.

    Currently, Sens. Ayotte (R-N.H.), Blunt (R-Mo.), Boozman (R-Ark.), Burr (R-N.C.), Coburn(R-Okla.), Cochran (R-Miss.), Corker (R-Tenn.), Cornyn (R-Tex), Chambliss (R-Ga.), Crapo (R-Ida.), Enzi (R-Wyo.), Graham (R-S.C.), Hatch (R-Utah), Heller (R-Nev.), Hoeven (R-N.D.), Inhofe (R-Okla.), Isakson (R-Ga.), Johanns (R-Neb.), Kyl (R-Ariz.), Moran (R-Kan.), Paul (R-Ky.), Roberts (R-Kan.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Sessions (R-Ala.), Shelby (R-Ala.), Thune (R-S.D.), Vitter (R-La.), and Wicker (R-Miss.), have signed the letter. If your senator is on this list, please be sure to contact him or her and offer your thanks for their support.

    In addition, Sen. Tester (D-Mont.) has drafted his own letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing concerns about any treaty that infringes upon the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights of American gun owners. http://www.nraila.org/pdfs/unarmstreatytester.pdf

  2. U CAN PRY MY FREEDOMS FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!! ANYTHING ELSE IS SISSYFIED!! GROW A SPINE AMERICA-OR STAY THE SHEEPLE THAT U HAVE BECOME!!

  3. keep fighting for the right to bear arm…..don’t let them take you gun away….regulate the sale of mass destruction weapons….

  4. I don’t believe any person or any elected body has the right pass any laws or to enter into any treaty with any other nation that would in any way take away the rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution. The constitution was created to protect individual rights. I believe there are laws right now that violate the constitution.

  5. We have our right protected under the constitution…….Don’t let them bamboozle you…They can’t take them away…..They are afraid that they will all get shot…So only the criminals will have the guns and the cops…

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