The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is set to take effect on Christmas Eve of 2014 and has been signed by our Secretary of State, John Kerry. The ATT is not something that endorses or condones the individual right to keep and bear arms and very well could be used as a way to strip civilian ownership of firearms. There is some good news and bad news when it comes to this treaty.
First, the good news: In order for the treaty to have any effect on the United States and become the law of the land, it must be ratified by a 2/3rds majority in the Senate. In March of 2013, an amendment was added to a budget vote to stop the US from entering the ATT which passed 53-46. In September of 2013, John Kerry signed the treaty and shortly thereafter, the majority of the US Senate pledged not to ratify the ATT. Now that the Senate has changed hands from Democrat to Republican, there is even less of a chance of this treaty being signed.
Now for the bad news – there are still a large number of Senators that are willing to ratify the treaty and we still have a president willing to use his “pen and phone” to take executive action in our country without the Congress. This also means that the treaty could be ratified at any time in the future. All it would take is a 2/3rds majority in the Senate.
For Christmas this year, we will not be getting an international ban on small arms in the United States. The treaty, however, has been signed and will not be going away any time soon. All the more reason for citizens that believe in our right to keep and bear arms to remain engaged in our local and national politics. For more information on the ATT, please see: http://gunssavelives.net/gun-politics/complete-text-of-the-un-arms-treaty-along-with-facts-and-myths/