Just as NRA warned would happen, following the election, the Obama administration has moved forward with its plans to support a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. On Wednesday November 7, the U.S. Mission to the U.N. made clear its support for renewed ATT negotiations, casting a vote in favor of resolution A/C.1/67/L.11. The resolution calls for a "Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty" to be held in New York City from March 18-28.
Undeterred by the failure of July's U.N. Conference on the ATT, in
recent months the global civilian disarmament groups and their patron
governments have been working nonstop to revive the treaty. Most visible
were the attempts made by participants at the Second Review Conference
of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. At the
conference, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon used his time to state,
"an arms trade treaty is long overdue… I urge you to redouble efforts to
agree on a robust 'ATT' as soon as possible."
The resolution notes that at the March conference, the last draft
from the July conference will be the starting point for new talks. Among
the draft's most onerous requirements are those intending to burden and
keep records on "end users," or gun owners. The draft states that "Each
State Party shall maintain national records… Such records may contain…
end users" and that "Records shall be kept for a minimum of ten years."
If this obligation were to be enacted and followed, it could result in
registration for any American that purchases an imported firearm.
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