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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