NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and I attended a committee meeting at United Nations headquarters to send a simple, unequivocal message to the international bureaucrats who want to eliminate your right to keep and bear arms: An international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that in any way, shape or form affects the constitutional rights of American gun owners is completely unacceptable.
NRA will make no compromise on this critical issue.
In 2009, at the behest of the Obama administration, the United States joined 152 other countries in endorsing a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Resolution. The Resolution establishes an international conference to be held next year, at which leaders from various countries around the world – many of which have deplorable human rights records – will draw up an international treaty designed to severely restrict or even outright ban your right to sell, purchase, carry or own a firearm.
NRA has been warning American gun owners about this ticking time bomb for 15 years. NRA-ILA was the first group to be officially recognized by the U.N. as a “non-governmental organization” representing gun owners, and we’ve attended dozens of meetings around the world to protect the freedoms of American gun owners, hunters and shooters.
President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the U.N. claim that the only purpose of the ATT is to fight terrorism and international crime syndicates. Americans should not be fooled.
NRA has monitored and studied all of the various ATT proposals to date. There can be no question that what is taking shape at the U.N. is an all-out attack on the constitutional freedom of American gun owners. While a treaty can’t override the Second Amendment, it can become the law of the land, either directly – equal to any law passed by Congress – or through implementing legislation.
That’s why we must take notice when international anti-gun activists demand ATT provisions that would force America to license firearm owners; severely restrict all firearm purchases; destroy certain firearms deemed “unauthorized”; ban commonly owned semi-automatic rifles; or join an international gun registry.
Astute readers know that U.S. participation in any U.N. treaty (the ATT included) requires ratification by a two-thirds majority of the U.S. Senate. Gun owners and liberty-minded Americans should note, however, that Hillary Clinton’s State Department has not been shy about its determination to push for Senate ratification of this gun ban treaty.