Lummis Takes Stand Against UN Arms Trade Treaty
Joins letter criticizing Obama Administration’s decision to sign the treaty.
"The President should be more concerned with Americans’ God-given rights protected by the U.S. Constitution and American security interests than with international back-patting."U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, along with 180 of her House colleagues, sent a letter to President Obama criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry’s signing of the United Nations’ (UN) Arms Trade Treaty. The letter outlines several objections to the treaty, including its potential to impose internationally-determined limits on Second Amendment rights and the United States’ ability to provide arms to key allies. The treaty now goes to the U.S. Senate, which has the power under the Constitution to ratify the treaty.
“Trusting the UN and international bureaucrats with Americans’ Second Amendment rights is like letting a fox loose in the henhouse,” said Rep. Lummis. “The UN has no business defining our right to bear arms and the Obama Administration’s support of the Arms Trade Treaty is an open-invitation for abuse of our Second Amendment and foreign policy. The President should be more concerned with Americans’ God-given rights protected by the U.S. Constitution and American security interests than with international back-patting. I will not be party to any legislation to implement this treaty and I support the efforts of my colleagues in the Senate to defeat the treaty’s ratification.”
The letter is available here.