Trump scraps Obama-era UN arms treaty opposed by Second Amendment backers

By Fred Lucas | The Daily Signal

President Donald Trump announced Friday the United States is pulling out of the international Arms Trade Treaty, a treaty signed by the Obama administration — but never ratified by the Senate — that concerned many Second Amendment advocates.

Trump called it a “badly misguided” treaty when speaking Friday at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.

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Second Amendment advocates were concerned the treaty could provide an international law rationalization for a national gun registry in the United States, and say it was overly vague.

“We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedoms,” the president said. “We will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. I hope you’re happy.”

The announcement brought a standing ovation, surprising the president a little.

“I’m impressed. I didn’t know too many of you would know what that is,” Trump said. “America is rejecting this treaty.”

Trump signed, in front of the crowd, a message asking the Senate to discontinue any further ratification efforts “and return the now-rejected treaty back to me in the Oval Office, where I will dispose of it.”

That prompted another standing ovation and chants of “USA! USA!”

Second Amendment advocates were concerned the treaty could provide an international law rationalization for a national gun registry in the United States, and say it was overly vague.

That still leaves 101 countries that have ratified the treaty. Thirty-four countries — including the United States — signed but did not ratify it.

The stated purpose of the treaty was to regulate trade in conventional arms to stop illicit diversion by requiring member nations to file reports measuring the country’s imports and exports of small arms. However, dictatorships such as China, Iran, and Syria are not signatories.

The agreement, signed in 2015 by then-Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the Obama administration, was deeply controversial, as a bipartisan coalition of 57 senators opposed the treaty.

Not everyone was pleased by the president’s decision to scrap the agreement.

“It is a treaty supported by our allies, but in opposing it, the president instead chose to stand with countries such as North Korea and Syria,” Kris Brown, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said in a statement.

“President Trump finds it more important to feed his right-wing base than to exercise U.S. leadership on the world stage,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Engel said his committee would hold a hearing to review the matter.

The United States made a mistake by signing on to the treaty, and withdrawing from the overly vague agreement was a good call, said Ted Bromund, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

Bromund said the exit of the United States from the treaty casts doubt on whether it can continue administratively since so many member nations were not paying for it.

“The interesting question is, what is the next step for the [Arms Trade Treaty], since it has a annual budget of $1.08 million,” Bromund said. “They have a terrible budget deficit because supporters refuse to pay, unlike us. They have a $260,000 budget deficit. Now that the U.S. is dropping out, 20% more will be gone.”

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4 thoughts on “Trump scraps Obama-era UN arms treaty opposed by Second Amendment backers

  1. A policy written by the anti American entity the UN that didn’t address the worst offenders was
    signed by the Traitor (i served in Vietnam) Kerry for the Un American first muzzie pres Obama in defiance of our constitutional 2nd amendment. Thank you Pres Trump, if only they could send you
    the deed to the UN building at the same time so you could shred that and make them move to Somalia..

    So glad The Donald is President after that disaster Obola so his legacy gets wiped, like with a cloth…

  2. Thank you President Trump. Unfortunately, this issue will not go away. As soon as the globalist’s puppets on the left get back in power this will resurface. We should just get to the next civil war and get all of this BS over with. America could be such a better country if we weren’t having to constantly fight to retain our God given and constitutional rights.

  3. A typical pen & phone policy from O’Bozo and his Anti-Second Amendment cohorts, I’m
    glad the President has the foresight for our ” Constitution ” and that’s what makes America,
    America………………………..

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