On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry signed a controversial U.N. gun treaty, calling it a "significant step" in dealing with illegal gun sales, but senators have threatened to block ratification, saying it will lead to new gun control in the United States, Fox News reported.
"This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors. This is about reducing the risk of international transfers of conventional arms that will be used to carry out the world's worst crimes. This is about keeping Americans safe and keeping America strong," Kerry declared. "This treaty will not diminish anyone's freedom. In fact, the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess, and use arms for legitimate purposes."
Kerry's move was praised by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
"It's significant that the United States, which amounts for about 80 percent of the world's export in arms, has signed," she said.
But lawmakers disagreed with Kerry, saying the treaty infringes on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Obama in a letter the treaty Kerry signed raises "fundamental issues" concerning "individual rights protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution."
"The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats," added Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., declaring the treaty "dead in the water."
Fox also said the NRA took issue with the treaty, saying it would impose what it called an "invasive registration scheme" that would require importing countries to give exporting countries information on "end users," meaning gun owners.
"The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms," said a statement issued by Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.
"These are blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American. The NRA will continue to fight this assault on our fundamental freedom," he added.
According to Fox, the treaty would require countries to establish laws regulating the transfer of guns and components, but, Fox added, "it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country."
Nevertheless, gun-rights supporters say the treaty could be used to advocate even more gun control laws in the United States.
As Fox noted, it is unlikely the Senate will ratify the treaty, as a two-thirds majority is required.
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