Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-16 Dist.), along with 80 other members of the House of Representatives sent four letters to subcommittees in the House Committee on Appropriations requesting the subcommittees refrain from providing any funds for the implementation of the U.N Arms Trade Treaty in their respective Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills.
Their main concern is the failure of the U. N. Arms Trade Treaty has shown failure to recognize the fundamental rights of individuals to keep and bear arms, not only for personal defense, but also in activities including hunting, sports shooting and other lawful usage. This failure with put our second amendment rights at risk, violates US sovereignty, and give the United Nations, the tools necessary to intrude into the personal lives of every American..
Rep. Kinzinger stated. “In light of the Obama Administration’s reliance on bypassing Congress through executive action, it’s extremely important the House use its power of the purse to make clear that no taxpayer dollars whatsoever can be used to implement the Arms Trade Treaty.”
The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which passed the UN General Assembly in April 2013, was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2013. The ratification of the treaty still needs the U.S. Senate vote of two-thirds majority in order for it to become ratified. Obama Administration has attempted to implement provisions of ATT unilaterally through executive action.