President Donald Trump used his appearance at the recent NRA annual meeting in Indianapolis, IN to reject the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.
The Treaty was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013. It was intended to control the international trade in firearms – ostensibly to protect human rights. It was never voted on in Congress.
President Trump made the announcement during his address to the NRA gathering: “We’re taking our signature back. The U.N. will soon receive notice that we are rejecting this treaty.”
Several grass roots organizations and groups in the gun industry have been opposed to the ill-advised treaty, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
“President Trump’s rejection of this ill-advised treaty is a win for the American people and a win for America’s firearms and ammunition industry,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel in a press release. “President Trump, today, reasserted American sovereignty of our inherent rights. This demonstrates again that this administration continues to deliver on the promise to protect Second Amendment rights and value the contributions of the firearms industry to our freedoms and economy.”
Opposition to the treaty existed primarily because it would have imposed a confusing web of international restrictions on the firearms industry. International arms sales are already highly regulated by U.S. law. The treaty would only serve to interfere with the sovereign rights of American citizens while doing nothing to curb illegal arms trafficking.