House of Rep. Committee Passes Bill to Delay Funding UN Arms Trade Treaty
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The House of Representatives has made a move that will delay any funding to implement any part of the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
According to the NRA-ILA,
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the State Foreign Operations bill, containing language prohibiting funds to be used for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty prior to a full ratification of the treaty by the U.S. Senate.
Specifically, section 7061 states: “None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be obligated or expended to implement the Arms Trade Treaty until the Senate approves a resolution of ratification for the Treaty.”
Last September, the U.N. adopted the ATT and President Obama directed Secretary of State John Kerry to sign it. The treaty does not exclude civilian arms from its scope and therefore potentially threatens civilian gun ownership in the United States..
NRA-ILA is working to ensure that the Senate does not ratify the ATT. Last October, a bipartisan group of 50 members of the U.S. Senate and 181 members of the U.S. House sent a clear message to President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the United Nations that the treaty will not be ratified.
The appropriations bill will now head to the U.S. House floor for consideration.
We will continue to keep you updated as the process moves forward.
As things stand right now, the UN Arms Treaty is not in danger of passing the US Senate as it would require a 2/3 majority vote to enter the US into a new international treaty. However, treaties, unlike bills, do not have to be reintroduced to the Senate each legislative session meaning that the treaty can sit there for years until a more anti-gun senate is elected. The Obama administration has attempted to implement some parts of the treaty through administrative actions.
Also, the treaty does not call for disarmament of civilian populations, but it does have some disturbing language in it that could possibly affect import/export of firearms/ammunition. The language to amend the treaty is also worrisome, as it does not require all member nations to agree on amendments. This means the US could put itself in a position where other countries were able to decide on gun policies without the US’ vote.