In a late night vote by the United States Senate, a bill was approved to prevent the United States from signing the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. This is great news for the protection of our sovereign right for American citizens to keep and bear arms.
The bill was sponsored by Senator James Inhoffe (R-OK). In essence, the legislation prevents the federal government from entering into the accords of the Arms Trade Treaty. The Treaty had provisions requiring gun registration, lead way for countries to confiscate firearms, ammunition restrictions and other language that flew in the face of America's Second Amendment of the Constitution.
In 2011 and 2012, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton actively backed the Arms Trade Treaty. In 2012, Obama administration officials and State Department staff to the United Nations promoted and endorsed the Treaty. The Treaty was sidelined by U.N. member states in 2012, and is scheduled for a formal U.N. vote this year.
The bill led by Senator Inhoffe passed the Senate with a vote of 53-46. Bipartisan support for the bill helped spur bringing the bill up for a vote. Gun rights groups such as the NRA were instrumental in lobbying pro-gun Senators to back the legislation.
Here's why this bill matters. Many gun rights and right leaning activists have long speculated that Barack Obama would use the Treaty as a fall back plan to push forward gun restrictions in America. The thinking was that if Obama and the Progressive Democrats could not implement regular law through Congress to ban weapons, ammo and possession rights. They would use this Treaty as their authority 'under law' to restrict gun ownership in America. Thankfully this bill would prevent such from happening. Of course, this bill must be approved by the House and signed into law by Barack Obama.