UN Arms Treaty Coming Down to the Wire

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The more the gun control lobby complains of loopholes, the better things look for those of us who believe in the Second Amendment and national sovereignty, absent the sacking of the treaty altogether.

Removing ammunition from the list of covered items is a good start.  However, an even leakier bucket would be welcomed.  For example, in my previous article on the treaty negotiations, I pointed out that the category of small and light weapons being discussed was not limited to controlling the transfers of weapons intended and designed solely for military use. That has not changed in the current draft.

The current draft still lacks a clear statement in its legally binding operative provisions that the treaty does not apply to the manufacture, possession, use, sale or transfer of guns domestically, irrespective of whether, in the words of the most current draft of the text, there could conceivably be a “diversion” of such firearms “to the illicit market or to unauthorized end-users.”

On balance, even in its watered down state, the United States should still not support this treaty.  It won’t stop the rogue states like Iran and Syria from importing and exporting whatever arms they can get their hands on. Russia is unlikely to abide by its terms either, given its record in shipping arms to Syria. Yet, if we become a party to this treaty, we will dutifully abide by all of its terms, including the sharing of detailed records on authorizations and actual international transfers of guns and other conventional arms with a newly established “Implementation Support Unit,” which may make such records public. That provides a nice roadmap for our enemies, including terrorists.

The president of the treaty negotiations conference, who hails from Argentina, analogized the treaty negotiations to the tango.  Other member states extended this analogy to the preferred dances of their own countries, such as Cuba’s mention of the rumba. This is one dance that the United States should decline to be a part of.

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