Secretary of State John Kerry today signed the controversial United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, a document that Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) warned in a letter yesterday will not be ratified by the Senate, according to Fox News and the Daily Caller.
The National Rifle Association immediately issued a statement promising to fight ratification in the U.S. Senate.
“The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This treaty threatens individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme. The NRA will continue working with the United States Senate to oppose ratification of the ATT.”
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, has also issued a statement: “If Secretary Kerry and President Barack Obama pursue this farce the full fury of American firearms owners could come back to haunt them. Second Amendment sovereignty is not up for grabs, and we will encourage our members and supporters to contact their senators about this treaty.”
As reported earlier, Sen. Bob Corker, ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a stern warning today to the Obama administration against "taking any action to implement the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty without Senate advice and consent."
“The ATT raises significant legislative and constitutional questions. Any act to implement this treaty, provisionally or otherwise, before the Congress provides its advice and consent would be fundamentally inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, law, and practice,” Corker said in a press release.
Corker's letter may be seen here.
Kerry, a career anti-gunner during his time in the Senate, obviously ignored the warning by signing the measure, which has the support of President Barack Obama. Reuters noted that the action would put the Obama administration "at odds with the powerful American gun lobby," as though this is not already the case.
Gun rights organizations including the National Rifle Association and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have long opposed the treaty, describing it as global gun control. The treaty and its ramifications will no doubt be scrutinized during this weekend’s Gun Rights Policy Conference in Houston, Tex. The 28th annual event features a panel discussion Saturday morning.
In his letter to Kerry, Sen. Inhofe reminded him that 53 senators voted on a measure in March to uphold the Second Amendment and prevent adoption of this treaty. The letter names all 53 of those senators, a list from which is noticeably absent the names of Democrat senators from Washington, Oregon or California.
“The U.N. should not be deceived into thinking the U.S. will ratify a treaty just because it has been signed by the President or someone in his Administration,” Inhofe wrote.
Gun rights activists have opposed the treaty, insisting that it is a threat to Second Amendment sovereignty and the privacy of American gun owners.
Quoting an unidentified State Department official, Fox News reported that the treaty is seen as a means of reducing “the risk of international transfers of conventional arms” that could be used “to carry out the world’s worst crimes.”
That said, some in the gun rights community are already wondering what that says about the Obama administration’s efforts to arm Syrian rebels after press reports that they have links to al Qaeda.
Gun rights advocates have long maintained that this treaty could be the launch pad for increased regulation of private firearms owners. Inhofe warned Kerry in his letter that the ATT will “collect dust alongside the Law of the Sea Treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Kyoto Protocol, to name a few, which have all been rejected by the U.S. Senate and the American people.”