In October 2009, the Obama Administration reversed previous administrations' positions and agreed that the United States would participate in the proposed United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, which is allegedly designed to establish “common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms.”
Preliminary committee meetings are now under way at the U.N. in anticipation of a conference in 2012 to finalize the treaty.
The Obama Administration's support for the proposed treaty has riled many Second Amendment advocates and does not sit well with the US Senate. On August 5, 45 Senators signed a letter addressed to President Obama stating they will oppose ratification of an Arms Trade Treaty that in any way restricts the rights of law-abiding American gun owners. [ Read Full Post ]