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Bipartisan Members of Congress Oppose U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

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Fairfax, Va. – Today, a bipartisan group of 50 members of the

U.S. Senate and 181 members of the U.S. House sent a clear

message to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John

Kerry and the United Nations that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

will not be ratified. Earlier this year, the U.N. adopted and

President Obama directed Secretary Kerry to sign this treaty,

which does not exclude civilian arms from its scope and

therefore directly threatens the Second Amendment.

“The Obama administration has repeatedly demonstrated

its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep

and Bear Arms,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of

the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “On behalf of

our 5 million members, the NRA would like to thank those

who signed these letters for their principled stand in

defending the Second Amendment freedoms of all law-abiding


The Senate effort in opposition to the ATT was led by

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).

Their letter, signed by 50 senators, states clearly that

“as members of the Senate, we pledge to oppose the

ratification of this treaty, and we give notice that we do

not regard the U.S. as bound to uphold its object and purpose.”

A bipartisan group of 181 members of the U.S. House sent

a separate letter of opposition.  That effort was led by

Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN).

“The NRA will continue to fight against ratification of

the U.N. ATT, which undermines the constitutional rights

of law-abiding Americans,” concluded Cox. “With 67 votes

in the U.S. Senate being necessary for ratification, these

letters send a clear message to President Obama and

Secretary Kerry that this attempt to undermine our Right to

Keep and Bear Arms will be met with strong opposition.”

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