Negotiations have opened in New York City on the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. This is an international arms control treaty that will attempt to regulate, register and eventually eliminate the firearms of individual American citizens.

Although the goal of the treaty is to control the “manufacturing, trafficking, circulation, brokering and trade, as well as tracing, finance, collection and destruction of small arms and light weapons,” it will infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of American citizens because the language does not distinguish civilian weapons from military weapons, or otherwise. The goal of the treaty is to control weapons “in all aspects.”

The U.N. is working toward nothing short of disarming Americans by first regulating, then registering, your firearms.

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President Obama is fully in support of the ATT, having picked up negotiations after President Bush opposed U.S. involvement. But then he laid low during the election and acted, as though the treaty had stalled. Miraculously, hours after he defeated Romney, Obama had no more reservations about the ATT and placed a late-night call to the U.S. delegation, advising them to go forward. And that is when the U.N. General Assembly’s meeting of the First Committee on Disarmament called for the new round of talks that have just begun yesterday, March 18th.

Like his predecessor, Secretary of State John Kerry supports the ATT. He 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.”

The U.N. is eager to finalize this treaty, and they do want some kind of agreement to come out of this final meeting. What we know about the current language is that the ATT seeks to:

·         Enact tougher licensing requirements, making it almost impossible for you, an individual, to own a firearm

·         Require the government to confiscate firearms owned by individuals

·         Place further restrictions on the sale of arms

·         Create an international gun registry

·         Give foreign nations access to your personal data

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S. 2205 and H.R. 5846 have been introduced in Congress as a safety net if for any reason, the Treaty is ratified by the Senate after it passes negotiations. Members of Congress have expressed their concerns about the treaty, but we have seen even the most conservative Members cave on issues like the debt and Obamacare. It would not surprise us if they do a similar 180 on their Second Amendment beliefs and allow our freedoms to be destroyed by this administration.

The United Nations has no business dictating what our states can and cannot do; yet our current President is more than happy to let them intervene. And with the Sandy Hook tragedy still very fresh, Members of Congress may feel the pressure to do something—even if it means going against our Constitution.

Stop this international attack on private gun ownership. There is no alternative, and we must act quickly.

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Tony Adkins

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