The long dreaded U.N. Arms Trade Treaty was signed off today by The United Nations General Assembly, after the Obama Administration threw their support behind the treaty.
So far many in the U.S. Senate have been reluctant to ratify the document, but some say its passage through the UN is still enough to harm the entire firearms industry. The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty will subject all firearm sales to international regulations, and even if the U.S. senate doesn’t sign on to the treaty, gun advocates fear it could hamper the import of foreign-made firearms into the United States.
With full support from the Obama Administration, the bill overwhelmingly passed through the U.N. with a vote of 154 to 3, with 23 abstentions. Somewhat ironically, the three nations who voted against the bill include: Iran, North Korea and Syria.
The President is expected to sign the treaty, even though it’s unclear whether the U.S. Senate will ratify the agreement.
“The Senate has already gone on record in stating that an Arms Trade Treaty has no hope, especially if it does not specifically protect the individual right to bear arms and American sovereignty,” Sen. Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican, said in a statement. “It would be pointless for the president to sign such a treaty and expect the Senate to go along. We won’t ratify it.”
A Reason to Worry?
Despite assurances from some conservative members of congress, we need to remember that every Democrat lawmaker recently supported a bill that would have handed our 2nd amendment rights over to the UN. While it’s true that no Republicans signed on to the bill, a number have recently signaled a willingness to work with the Obama administration on gun control,including a universal registry .
The Obama administration has publicly stated that they believe the President will sign the treaty, which President Obama himself endorsed only 24 hours after being reelected. Once Signed by the President, the treaty will head to the U.S. Senate for ratification.