This breaking news was brought to us by the Daily Caller, who has just reported that the House of Representatives has just passed legislation to preempt any movement on the UN Small Arms Treaty bill by voting to refuse any funding for the treaty in 2014.
Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) has been very active working to stop this UN treaty which works in opposition to our 2nd amendment and even omits the rights of individuals in the US to keep and bear arms. Kelly introduced an amendment to the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (NDAA), to prohibit federal funding for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for one year.”
The amendment was voted on by a voice vote and the votes were unanimous to adopt it.
This is the same treaty that President Obama has promised he would sign if it hit his desk, but it’s unlikely that the Senate would actually vote to approve it, especially since they know their jobs will be on the line if they do.
Rep. Mike Kelly gets a salute from Guns ‘n’ Freedom for his work on this. Here are some remarks he made about the amendment to the UN Small Arms Treaty:
“Over the last year, I have been joined by over 140 bipartisan members of this body to express deep concerns with the ATT and to urge its rejection.
“First, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty undermines our Second Amendment rights by omitting the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms and imposing a national ‘responsibility’ to prevent firearms ‘diversion,’ thus opening the door to new gun control measures.“Secondly, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty undermines our sovereignty by imposing vague, readily politicized requirements on the United States and inviting United Nations-led investigations into what U.S. policy makers knew or should have known regarding arms transfers that allegedly violate the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
“Ultimately, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will stop the good from doing good without stopping the bad from doing bad. As then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, the U.S. maintains the ‘gold standard’ of arms export controls. My amendment upholds our current policies as well as our enduring values.”
Although the amendment only covers one year, it’s at least a small step forward for gun rights.
According to the Daily Caller,
“The ATT opened for national signatures on June 3, 2013, and will enter into force for its signatories 90 days after the 50th nation-state has ratified the treaty. In order to take domestic effect, the ATT must be signed by the president, receive the advice and consent of the Senate, and be the subject of implementing legislation by the Congress.”