Proposed UN Treaty Would Restrict Gun Rights In America


A proposed UN treaty could affect gun rights in the U.S.In a recent column on the Forbes website, contributor Larry Bell wrote about the danger posed to the 2nd Amendment by a treaty proposed by the United Nations.

According to the University of Houston professor, if the Small Arms Treaty is passed by the international body and ratified by the United States Senate, the rights of gun owners would be harmed in a number of ways.

If the treaty were adopted in the U.S., it would become tougher for American citizens to obtain gun licenses, giving law-abiding people even more hoops to jump through to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms. In addition, the treaty would seek to ban the sale and ownership of all semi-automatic weapons that have magazines, according to Bell.

The U.N. says that the treaty is designed to combat terrorism, but a number of prominent figures are cautioning that the rights of Americans could be severely restricted by the agreement.

The U.N. “is trying to act as though this is really just a treaty about international arms trade between nation states, but there is no doubt that the real agenda here is domestic firearms control,” said former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she would support the Small Arms Treaty.

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