NRA Stops Controversial U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Poor Democrats… They won’t be able to take away your guns now.
The NRA and Republicans blocked the controversial UN arms trade treaty that would limit the right to civilian arms.
From the NRA-ILA website:

The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations.

This is a big victory for American gun owners, and the NRA is being widely credited for killing the U.N. ATT.

For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to warn American gun owners about the United Nations’ efforts to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners by putting in place international controls on small arms.

NRA became a recognized Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and has monitored all U.N. activities that could impact on our Second Amendment rights. As a result, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre testified before the U.N. (2012 remarks, 2011 remarks) making it clear that the NRA would fight any international treaty that included civilian arms.

NRA worked with our allies in the U.S. Congress and successfully assembled strong bipartisan opposition to any treaty that adversely impacts the Second Amendment. On two occasions NRA was successful in convincing a majority of the U.S. Senate to sign letters to President Obama that made it clear that any treaty that included civilian arms was not going to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

Yesterday (July 26), Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) gathered the signatures of 51 Senators on a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton opposing any treaty that infringes on our rights. The letter stated “As the treaty process continues, we strongly encourage your administration not only to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, but to ensure–if necessary, by breaking consensus at the July conference–that the treaty will explicitly recognize the legitimacy of lawful activities associated with firearms, including but not limited to the right of self-defense. As members of the United States Senate, we will oppose the ratification of any Arms Trade Treaty that falls short of this standard.”

NRA members made their voices heard on this issue as well, calling their elected representatives and urging their opposition to the treaty. As a result, 130 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have voiced strong opposition to the treaty.

During the past week, it became increasingly possible that the Conference would fail to come to an agreement on draft language. On Thursday, the Conference President produced yet another draft of the ATT in an effort to salvage the process. The new draft, like previous ones, was wholly incompatible with the Second Amendment rights protected by our Constitution.

The proponents of the treaty have goals that are clearly at odds with the American Constitution. Their refusal to remove civilian arms from the treaty was one major issue that led to the breakdown in negotiations. The U.S. delegation made it clear that they could not move forward with the language as it had been drafted.

Here is the list of US Senators who signed the letter to Obama reminding him of the Constitutional right to bear arms.

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Max Baucus (D-MT), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mark Begich (D-AK), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Corker (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Hoeven (R-ND), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), James Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Mike Lee (R-UT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Jon Tester (D-MT), John Thune (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), Jim Webb (D-VA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

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  • bg



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  • A.Men

    Term limits. Throw the Bums out. the Ruling Class of Congress must go!

  • bg


    i thank them all for doing their job in serving
    and protecting we the people’s constitution..


  • bg


    re: #4 August 1, 2012 at 8:25 am bg

    Thank You NRA!!


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    August 1, 2012

    Deranged Man Learns the Meaning of the
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    [This is exactly the kind of story that needs to be promoted. For
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  • Earthmover

    I’m from Washington State and I see the two douchebag Senators from here that DO NOT
    uphold the Constitution are not on the list. Good God liberals are retarded.

  • dba…vagabond trader

    Thanks to the NRA, nothing for the jackazzes from my state, home of Ruger.

  • Numnuts

    So where’s John McCain when you need him? That’s right, missing in action.

  • blackbush666

    Tyrants love unarmed peasants. I will continue to send $ and support the NRA. Thank you thank you thank you.

  • This “treaty” was pushed – hard – by Raul “boycott Arizona” Grijalva and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

  • Tee Dub

    Why would any other country in the UN care if we own guns and kill each other, unless it’s because will make it harder to install and maintain a one-world government over the US?

  • chuck in st paul

    You know it’s a rip off of honest citizens when requesting that said folks’ guns are exempt suddenly crashes the whole thing to the ground. This is merely one aspect of Agenda21. I’ve never been a conspiracy nut but all the signs are there in everything the UN is trying to do now.

  • stonedome

    it’s not going to happen…the shooting will start long before a vote will ever be held in congress

  • shibumi

    Dick Morris had a petition that you could sign and send to your Senator RE: this legislation. I sent it to my MI senators and guess what? They both FAVORED this, and responded to me, telling me what great legislation this is.

    I guess we know what Democrats want….

  • C-Christian Soldier

    Lisa Murkowski -WOW I am surprised!

    it is time for me to re-join the NRA- left because it
    waffled’ PCd awhile ago-
    Gotta support the NRA after this!!

  • BarbaraS

    When we created the UN, we created an entity that will eventually swallow us.

  • Colt

    When only democrats and criminals have guns, how safe will TRUE AMERICANS be?

  • … the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Shall not be lessened, controlled, disputed, defined or de-legitimized by government. It is up to the people to decide what arms they keep and bear. The 2nd Amendment is an essential part of checks and balances that limit the powers of government.

  • Robb

    I am with you #16. Will rejoin today.

  • Geoff

    Resident of Montana. I suspect that Max and Jon signed the letter less from their own heart-felt support of my gun rights and more to sound moderate when both are, in truth, flaming libs who probably want this.
    Max and Jon come around at election time to tell us they’ve been fighting for our gun rights but they rarely mention that those rights have to be protected for Max’s and Jon’s friends in their own party. Not that I am bitter…or clinging.

  • Winston Wolfe

    Gee. The two, stupid scrunts I have for senators (Murray, Cantwell) are nowhere to be found on that list.

    Yeah. I’m shocked.

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  • democraps suck

    Amazing seeing 7 demo craps names on that list

  • Truth Teller

    Alreaady an NRA member and donate often.

    The retarded leftists may have the dream of taking away our arms, but they would quickly live the nightmare of a face full of lead if they try.

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