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NSSF Objects to U.S. Government Abandoning Position that U.N. Treaty Must be based on International “Consensus”

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NSSF Objects to U.S. Government Abandoning Position that U.N. Treaty Must be based on International “Consensus”

The National Shooting Sports Foundation today strongly objected to the last-minute reversal on the U.S. government position regarding the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. In the closing hours of negotiations on Thursday, March 28, the government abandoned its previous insistence that the treaty be approved only through achieving “consensus” of all the member states. Requiring consensus had been the United States position going back to earlier administrations.

At the end of the session, a U.S. government spokesperson told reporters “It’s important to the United States and the defense of our interests to insist on consensus. But every state in this process has always been conscious of the fact that if consensus is not reached in this process, that there are other ways to adopt this treaty, including via a vote of the General Assembly.” The spokesperson went on to say that the United States would vote “yes” on the treaty in the General Assembly, regardless of the positions of other member states. By abandoning the requirement for consensus the United States is assuring passage of the treaty by the United Nations.

“This abrupt about-face on the long-standing United States requirement for ‘consensus’ illustrates that the Obama Administration wants a sweeping U.N. arms control treaty,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We are troubled by the timing of the Obama Administration’s decision to abandon consensus on the eve of the Senate debate on pending gun control measures. The United Nations treaty would have a broad impact on the U.S. firearms industry and its base of consumers in the U.S.”



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  1. guestimate

    March 30, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Unconstitutional treaties are null & void.

    • garysvent

      March 30, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Time for a 4-year-long Senate filibuster. The alternative is bloody.

  2. Walter Jenisch

    March 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    everybodys on vac.who is voting for this…always behind the back with this man….

    • Shagnasty1

      March 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Obama is not a man. I wouldn’t even use the “N” word to describe the thing occupying our White House. That would be an insult to the Ns.

  3. Steve

    March 30, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Barricade the doors to the UN & burn that nest of terrorists to the ground.

  4. Shagnasty1

    March 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Why is this unconstitutional treaty even being negotiated by our government. I know, Obama and Hillary want it. I’m sure Lurch Kerry does too. But I agree with guestimate that unconstitutional treaties are null and void.

  5. 2War Abn Vet

    March 30, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Since the invention of firearms every wanna-be tyrant or despot has attempted to deny or restrict them to those they wanted to subjugate or control. The Founding Fathers were perfectly aware of this, feared that someday a creature like Obama might someday rise to power, and therefore enshrined the Second Amendment as a guarantee that citizens could protect themselves against government tyranny.

  6. jag57

    March 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Would this make targets out of blue helmets?

    • Darrell Cox

      March 31, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Since when are they NOT targets…did someone change the rules and not tell me?

  7. The Old Man

    April 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This the transparent government we are so proud of… something sneaky going on every day.

  8. M.J. Nellett

    April 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    The RIGHT to bear arms SHALL not be infringed! By this Prez, the UN, or anyone short of the American people amending the Constitution, or God, Himself, taking away the rights that He gave us.

  9. James Maxwell

    April 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The UN is a losing collection of despots, dicators, socialist and assorted criminals from around the
    world. They have long ago lost any sembelande of what it was originall designed for or to provide
    for the stability of the world. Besided taking up valuable realestate on US soil and a massive amount
    of money also they amount to one thing. A collection of spys, criminals and despots on our soil and
    a blot in history. They collect money for glorious pipe dreams that in reality only funnel money to
    war lords, gun runner and other criminal enterprises around the world including among themselves.
    They get richers, do less and cause more problems than they have ever solved in thier entire history.
    Time to close them down and remove them from the United States of America bag and baggage.

  10. KDS

    April 4, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Leave the U.N.!

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