(GunReports.com) — The Arms Trade Treaty being written at the United Nations in New York City is due to be finished July 27, but because of extraordinary secrecy, details of what may be implemented have been hard to come by. However, details of a Composite ‘Working Document’ were released on July 24, which is now fueling speculation (see links below) about what the ATT is likely to do domestically and worldwide. Is ATT a clear and present threat to the 2nd Amendment? Or as international gun-prohibition advocates assert, will the treaty be a solution to worldwide gun violence? We’d like to hear your opinions in the comment section below.
Link to the Working Document: www.CheaperThanDirt.com.
Arms Trade Treaty Conference Yields Composite ‘Working Document’
(UN General Assembly Department of Public Information) — In what was seen as a major breakthrough in negotiations at the ongoing United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, delegates have received their first comprehensive paper from the Conference President containing elements to be incorporated into a legally binding text, and came together to discuss it in plenary after many informal meetings that lasted into the night and throughout the weekend. Conference President Roberto Garcia Moritan of Argentina said that the 12-page paper would make it possible for delegates to analyze, from the same perspective, the various aspects to be covered by the treaty. Calling it “a working document”, Mr. Moritan reminded delegations that much negotiation remained to fulfil the objective of producing a treaty text, the goal of which, according to the General Assembly resolution — 64/48 — that launched the process, was to achieve a “legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms”. www.UN.org.
The United Nations War on Your Gun Rights Continues
(Gun Owners of America) — This treaty will affect every single gun owner in the country. The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty is in its final days of negotiations. This treaty will affect every single gun owner in the country and will almost certainly include: * A ban on certain semi-automatic firearms (e.g., the Clinton gun ban); * Registration of gun owners (and, thanks to the unconstitutional instant check, the framework for such registration actually exists in the United States, unlike many of the countries that are negotiating the treaty); * The mandatory destruction of surplus or confiscated firearms, and; * Mandatory micro-stamping of ammunition, and much more. Please sign our petition to the U.S. Senate. GOA will present your petition directly to your two U.S. Senators. www.CapWiz.com.
UN treaty on global arms trade sparks criticism
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The first draft of a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade sparked criticism Tuesday from campaigners seeking to keep illegal weapons from fighters, criminals and terrorists — and demands for changes before Friday’s deadline for action.www.SFGate.com.
U.N. releases proposed Arms Trade Treaty text
(Examiner.com) — The proposed United Nations international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is out, and it is already running into trouble as many of the tenets are apparently contrary to United States law, to say nothing of the collision they might have with the Second Amendment. Julianne Versnel-Gottlieb with the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation reports from the U.N. headquarters in New York that the head of the U.S. delegation, Thomas Countryman, was quick to point out that provisions in the proposed treaty will run into trouble with existing law. However, Versnel-Gottlieb notes that the proposed treaty is still getting support from the United Kingdom and the French delegation let slip that their ultimate goal is to regulate legitimately-owned “weapons.” Gun rights activists will quickly note that this has not worked too well for the British. www.Examiner.com.
Draft U.N. arms trade treaty full of holes, activists say
(Reuters) — The first draft of a U.N. treaty to regulate the $60 billion global arms trade was slammed on Tuesday by activists as having “more holes than a leaky bucket” as negotiators scramble to reach a consensus by Friday. www.Reuters.com.
UN Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations Coming Down To The Wire
Joseph A. Klein (Canada Free Press) — The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty negotiations are coming down to the wire. A new draft of the treaty language was circulated on July 24th, with the hope that a consensus could be reached before the scheduled deadline for completion of the treaty by July 27th. The draft does not please the arms control crowd, who believe it is full of loopholes. www.CanadaFreePress.com.