On September 25, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The NRA described the action as another clear example of the Obama administration’s “contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”
According to the NRA: “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme [and is full of regulations and requirements that are] blatant attacks on the constitutional rights of every law-abiding American.”
The NRA warns that the ATT “urges record keeping 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.'” This information on end users is a de-facto registry and one that could be “made available to foreign governments.”
Breitbart News has been warning that firearm registration must proceed from the ATT if it is to be enforceable. After all, part of the treaty’s focus is on stopping the movement of “small arms [and] light weapons” across borders. How can agents tasked with enforcing this treaty ascertain the origin of smuggled weapons without a comprehensive registration on file?
As of now, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has blocked the ratification of this treaty. However, it can be called up for future Senate votes to accept or reject a resolution of ratification.
The NRA pledges to continue fighting this treaty because it “is a clear violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
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