BREAKING: Senate Strongly Rejects UN Arms Treaty – Kills Chances of It Passing in Foreseeable Future

October 15 2013
by GSL Staff
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According to Ted R. Bromund, Ph.D. of The Heritage Foundation, the US Senate has killed any chance of the UN Arms Treaty passing the Senate in the immediate future.

According to the article at the Foundry,

The U.S. Senate responded decisively today to Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signature on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a bipartisan letter led by Senators Jerry Moran (R–KS) and Joe Manchin (D–WV), half of the Senate has officially pledged to oppose the ratification of the ATT. The signatories include every Republican Senator except Mark Kirk (R–IL) and five Democratic Senators. The letter, with its 50 signatories, ends any prospect in the foreseeable future of Senate ratification of the ATT.

The signatories base their opposition to the treaty on six points, including the Administration’s decision to violate its own red line by backing the adoption of the treaty through a majority-rule vote in the U.N. General Assembly. They also note that, because ATT contains “only a weak non-binding reference to the lawful ownership and use of, and trade in firearms, and recognizes none of these activities, much less individual self-defense, as fundamental individual rights,” it could pose a threat to rights protected under the Second Amendment.

The signatories are also concerned about the vague standards at the heart of the treaty, which they fear will “steadily subject the U.S. to the influence of internationally-defined norms.” They therefore oppose all treaties that “allow foreign sources of authority to impose judgment or control upon the U.S.” With this letter, half of the Senate has therefore rejected the left’s strategy of using transnational norms to remake the United States and its constitutional order. This rejection will be important in future Senate debates and public consideration of all treaties and other international commitments.

The Senate would have to ratify the treaty, which was signed earlier this month by Secretary of State John Kerry, by a 2/3 majority vote, numbers that seem impossible based on today’s actions.

You’ve probably heard a lot of rumors about exactly what the Arms Treaty would do. Some of it’s myth and some it’s truth.

For the full text of the treaty, along with our analysis of how it might affect the right to keep and bear arms in the US, read our article – Complete Text of the UN Arms Treaty Along With Facts and Myths.

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