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UN Prepares to Finalize Global Arms Trade Treaty: Gun Owners to Take it on the Chin?

Guns – by  S.H. Blannelberry

On Monday, in New York City, the United Nations kicked off its final round of negotiations on its comprehensive global arms trade treaty agreement.

In preparation for the talks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his optimism in a statement released last week that all 193 Member State will “overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on this landmark treaty.”

While it’s unclear what the final draft of the ATT will look like, Ban Ki-moon said that he expects it to include regulations on both weapons and ammunition, from “small arms to tanks to combat aircraft.”  

“I reiterate my support for an Arms Trade Treaty that regulates international transfers of both weapons and ammunition and provides for common standards for exporting States. These standards are important for assessing the risks that transferred weapons are not used to fuel conflict, arm criminals or abet violations of international humanitarian or human rights law,” said Ban ki-moon.

Ban Ki-moon also noted that this treaty was only the beginning, a launching pad for more expansive regulations down the road.

“Adoption of this treaty will also provide much-needed momentum for wider disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the international community.”

The renewed push for an ATT certainly has many gun owners and gun rights organizations on edge.  On that front, the NRA is leading the charge to defeat the ATT or to ensure that it doesn’t contain any provisions that would subvert the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

“What we really object to is the inclusion of civilian firearms within the scope of the ATT,” said Attorney Tom Mason, the NRA’s longtime UN liaison. “This is a treaty that really needs to address the transfer of large numbers of military weapons that leads to human rights abuses. We have submitted language that you can define what a civilian firearm is.”

In other words, it is one thing to regulate bazookas and battle tanks, but keep your hands off commonly owned modern sporting rifles, such as the AR-15.

The NRA also objects to the call for an international registry of gun owners, a notion that was discussed during previous negotiations.

Supporters of the ATT argue that the NRA is off base with their assessment and that they’re only ratcheting up fear to bring in more bucks from members.  Additionally, they contend that for an ATT to be impactful, it must regulate all weapons and not just military arms.

“The NRA claim that there is such a thing as ‘civilian weapons’ and that these can and need to be treated differently from military weapons under the Arms Trade Treaty is — to put it politely — the gun lobby’s creativity on full display,” Michelle Ringuette of Amnesty International told the Washington Post.

“There is no such distinction,” she continued. “To try to create one would create a loophole that would render the treaty inoperative, as anyone could claim that he or she was in the business of trading ‘civilian weapons.’”

Prior to the election, the Obama administration only tepidly endorsed the ATT.  When talks broke down in July, many cited the November elections as the reason, i.e. Obama refused to put his full weight behind the ATT because he didn’t want to rock the boat too much heading into election season.  With the US sending mixed signals, major players like China and Russia backed away from the table.

Now, however, it appears that the White House is more committed to seeing a deal get done.  Obama, after all, is not running for re-election in 2016.

In a statement released on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty that helps address the adverse effects of the international arms trade on global peace and stability.”

He added, “We will not support any treaty that would be inconsistent with U.S. law and the rights of American citizens under our Constitution, including the Second Amendment.”

Though, given the White House’s latest push for gun control reform in the wake of Sandy Hook, one wonders whether the Obama administration would really view an international registry or regulations on civilian arms as being “inconsistent” with the Constitution.  In all probability, Obama would likely embrace those measures as being “reasonable” or label them “common-sense.”

Your thoughts?

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5 Responses to UN Prepares to Finalize Global Arms Trade Treaty: Gun Owners to Take it on the Chin?

  1. Fred says:

    A recent poll showed 80% of Americans will refuse to turn in their guns
    regardless of laws passed. I sure as hell won’t..

  2. John W. says:

    If Obama signs the ATT/ International arms treaty, we lose our semi-automatic firearms. Just because an assault weapons ban would not pass the senate, this bill could do it just as neatly. Don’t trust the politicians.

  3. LMM says:

    If a state has passed the 2nd amendment preservation act….this act nullifies federal and UN laws inside those states. It gives the citizens of those states the legal right to treat any federal or UN agent that tries to confiscate , as a terrorist. Know what your state is doing. So far only 4 states have passed this act or one similar to it.

  4. guy says:

    dont worry people, i will handle this, i speak chinese, or japanese, or whatever this [email protected] ban ki moon speaks, lemme chat at him for a minute, excuse me ban sir, do you understand the phrase, CHING CHING POW, i suggest you learn it quickly, cause you keep trying to push this nwo agenda on us, and its the last thing yer lil ears are gonna here from us americans, STEP THE [email protected] BACK POLITICIANS, WE ARE NOT PLAYING WITH YOU, YOU ARE PLAYING WITH YOUR LIVES, PLEASE BELIEVE!!!!!

  5. NunyaBWax says:

    The same Red State Democrap Senators who fear to vote for the gun and magazine ban will, after being inundated with contacts from their gun owning constituents, will vote against ratification of the treaty. They are not about to endanger their cush jobs by voting for it. They understand that protection of our Second AMendment rights is high profile right now and they won’t chance it. If they do, they will get their pink slips in 2016.

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