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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes UN Arms Trade Treaty

Washington, DC, September 26, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Washington D.C., September 26, 2013 | comments

Congressman Jim Bridenstine:  Yesterday, President Obama signed America onto the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  I have repeatedly opposed the Arms Trade Treaty because it represents a UN assault on the 2nd Amendment and U.S. sovereignty.  In March, I signed House Concurrent Resolution 23 opposing the ATT.  I have also co-sponsored and supported a number of amendments to appropriations bills prohibiting any taxpayer dollars going for U.S. implementation and compliance activities associated with the Treaty.

Last night, I spoke out against the ATT on the House floor.  (Watch here.)  Signing this treaty is emblematic of the President’s hostility to the 2nd Amendment and his antagonism toward American sovereignty and independence from international bodies.

By signing this treaty, the President is attempting to impose gun control apart from the U.S. legislative process.  America’s 2nd Amendment is not up for debate by international bodies.

  • The UN Arms Trade Treaty is dangerous for many reasons, including the following:
  • Mandates keeping records on private firearms owners and giving them to UN bureaucrats.  This is an international gun registry.
  • Ambiguous language opens the door for UN bureaucrats and anti-gun nations to interpret provisions as widely as possible. 
  • Does not recognize lawful ownership and use of firearms as fundamental rights.
  • Imposes huge regulatory requirements on U.S. defense industrial base and gun manufacturers.
  • Contains ambiguous language that could stop America from supporting Israel and Taiwan.

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