Texas AG Says He Will Sue Federal Government Over U.N. Arms Treaty

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Texas attorney general Greg Abbott said he will take steps to sue the Federal government if the U.S. ratifies the United Nations arms trade treaty Secretary of State John Kerry signed this week.

Abbott, echoing the concerns of conservatives throughout the Nation, contends that the U.N. treaty poses a threat to Americans’ 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

“By signing this treaty, the Obama administration has attempted to subject Americans’ right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations. The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from the dictates of leaders in other lands,” Abbott told the American Statesman.

“We are alarmed that the president’s action today includes ‘small arms,’ which could draw law-abiding gun owners and gun store operators into a complex web of bureaucratic red tape created by a new department at the UN devoted to overseeing the treaty,” he said.

Abbott is joined by the National Rifle Association and many Republicans in opposition to the treaty because it applies to a variety of small firearms and munitions. But advocates of the treaty say that it is intended to regulate international arms sales and will not affect the ability of Americans to buy firearms.

The treaty is likely to be ratified by the Senate. It will go into effect when 50 countries ratify it; so far, 91 nations have signed the treaty, and it has been ratified by four.

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  • rocquedog

    Where are the other AG’s from all of the other constitutional states (that leaves out those Blue States!)??? We need to be screaming at our own AG’s over this. Get behind Tx.!!!

    • Robbie

      I think I just heard you screaming. Either that or it was the dog barking down the street.

      • B

        Nobody pay this fool any mind, he has a disease called liberalism, he obviously doesn’t get it!!! It was people like this that got us into this mess in the first place!!!

        • smilee

          He/she has something you do not have and that is knowledge and common sense.

          • vicki

            no evidence of knowledge and common sense in Robbies ad hominem.

          • smilee

            To those that are blind we know they cannot see and you did not see.

          • vicki

            Oh look. Double down on ad hominem. How creative.

          • smilee

            Truth hurts does it not??

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Time for the people of every State to rise up and Raise Hell with their own State Governments to take back the POWER that the TENTH AMENDMENT GIVES THE STATES AND THE PEOPLE…

      • smilee

        The tenth only gives power to the states if the constitution does not give it to the federal government so if there is conflict the feds supersede the law.

        • vicki

          The 10th gives NO power to the States. The 10th clearly states that a few powers are delegated to the Federal government. A few powers are denied to the states. ALL the rest of the powers belong to the states and people.

          People delegate power to government. Government has none of its own.

          4 examples of powers that the Constitution DENIES states are coining money, using anything other than gold and silver coin as legal tender, infringing on the right to keep and bear arms (Amendment 2), and unreasonable search and seizure (Amendment 4.)

          • smilee

            The 10th say nothing specifically about either it being it few or many are delegated to the feds it only say if it is the the feds that have the power not the states if the Constitution gives that power to the feds then the states do not have it. People through the Constitution delegate power to the government and it can only revoke it though the amendment process in art. 5. You only list three and not for four and only one from the original document which lists many more including the power for the feds to tax for our defense and our general welfare which is why the feds have the power to create Obamacare as the court made clear.

    • smilee

      Most AG ‘s are not that stupid

      • http://www.yahoo.com/ wyatt48

        But I see you are.

        • smilee

          I see you are blind!!

  • SQUISH THE FISH

    BRAVO!!! Go for it & hope, OBOZO’s partner in crime & grime & murder, Holder The Racist Scolder does not interfere with Justice being done!!

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

    Here in the Republic, they sometimes get it right…

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2012/12/sometimes-they-get-it-right.html

    Of course, the Gun-Control-Freaks never get it right and when they are wrong, people die…

  • nunya

    F-that! Close the Texas border tighter than a drum and immediate secession would be the ONLY message I would send to the tyrants at the UN.

    WHY would you think a friggin law suit would give us JUSTICE against a body like that? They idolize criminals like holder and whoever the tin pot in charge of the UN is today and demonize anyone who just wants to live their lives FREE and in peace??

    I fear the time for a RADICAL response like that is the ONLY message they would hear LOUD and CLEAR from the American People…

    I for one WILL NOT comply.

    • Robbie

      You will not comply with the treaty? First of all unless you are an international arms dealer you are not being asked or forced to comply. You simply are not part of this treaty. Secondly if you are so up in arms (so to say) about this treaty I’ll be watching the news nightly. I’ll be watching for your “RADICAL response”. More probably I’ll see YOUR response on the weather segment. I’ll watch for a big bubble of hot air coming up from where you live.

      • john

        we will see what you think when they take over

        • liz

          and UN troops are at Robbie’s door!

        • Robbie

          Who, exactly, is “taking over”?

      • Sam

        The treaty is set up to enable a national gun registry. Now, when they know where are the guns are, what do you think is going to happen next? They take our guns. Don’t say it won’t happen because it has happened with Hitler and Stalin and Mao. They make a stake for “the good of all” and then crush the people under their boots. Don’t fall for it.

        • smilee

          Another alarmist who does not know what he is talking about.

          • vicki

            ad hominm

          • Barakolips

            Another fool who will be left defenseless when the SHTF. You can always throw something at your gun wielding attacker then be killed, I will have my Mossberg.

          • smilee

            BIG man with a very little brain!!!!!!!

          • smilee

            I was wrong, your a little man with a very little brain!!!!!!!

      • smilee

        Good one!!

      • vicki

        Ad hominm

  • John Julian

    YES! Finally someone who will stand against the tyranny of the marxists in Washington. The fed govt is COMPLETELY out of control, not longer servants of the people, but “rulers” in the style of stalin and mao.

    We need to follow the instructions in the Declaration of Independence….

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Time for the states and all Americans to use the enforce the Tenth Amendment to take back the STOLEN POWER from the Criminal Federal Government…

      • smilee

        The tenth only assures that the states have power if the federal government does not and therefore if it does it supersedes the the states. Many court decisions have proven this true recently in AZ on immigration and of course Obamacare. The tenth is the most misunderstood amendment we have..

  • David Stovall

    We are an independent nation. Only a Democrat or Rhino would surrender that.

    • Shorty Stuff

      Or in this case, a traitor.

  • texan

    Go for it ☆”put a hitch in there guiddi up”

  • Robbie

    The Constitution must be followed and respected. It clearly states that the President “shall have the power, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties…” Any lawsuit by Texas to reverse the Constitutional powers of the President and Senate would clearly be illegal.

    • FUK FACE HARRY

      I thought ALL treaties must be approved by Senate…prez has no say. The Treaty of Versailles posed such a situation!

      • smilee

        President’s negotiates them and the senate approves it or disapprove it if they even vote on it.

      • Robbie

        As I quoted from the Constitution: the President “shall have the power, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties…”

        • chocopot

          Not if they are unconstitutional.

          • Robbie

            Constitutionality is decided by the Supreme Court. In the meanwhile power to create treaties is given by the Constitution to the President with the consent of the Senate.

          • chocopot

            Any treaty that impinges on our national sovereignty by making us in any way subservient to some third world bureaucrats at the UN as this treaty clearly does is not constitutional. You and all the other left-wing a$$holes in this country can make whatever claims to the contrary that you may want, but facts are real tough things to ignore. We do not need to wait for the SC to tell us that.

          • chocopot

            Any treaty that impinges on our national sovereignty by making us in any way subservient to some third world bureaucrats at the UN as this treaty clearly does is not constitutional. You and all the other left-wing a$$holes in this country can make whatever claims to the contrary that you may want, but facts are real tough things to ignore. We do not need to wait for the SC to tell us that.

          • Robbie

            I don’t think you are comprehending. I suggest you get out your dog eared copy of the Constitution of the United State and try to find Article II, Section 2, #2 and have a read. It’s the part where the Founders wrote that the President “…shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties…”. Also have a gander at Article III, Section II, #1 that clearly states that it is the Supreme Court that shall decide on the constitutionality of, along with other things, treaties.

            I don’t give a tinker’s damn what you think of the arms treaty any which way. I’m just passing along what the feakin’ Constitution SAYS. The only ignoring going on in this debate is YOU IGNORING WHAT THE CONSTITUTION STATES. I find it funny that you go on and on about constitutionality but you bypass what it actually says. Do you do that on purpose or do you just wish upon wish that the Constitution said something more in keeping with YOUR beliefs?

          • chocopot

            It’s really hysterical how those on the Left ignore the Constitution until the rare occasion arises when they choose to cite it to support something they favor. I guess it doesn’t trouble you that the clown in the WH, whom you undoubtedly support, has shown nothing but contempt for the Constitution and the rights guaranteed to us by it since the day he took office.

          • Robbie

            WHATEEEVER! As long as you finally accept and understand the powers that the Constitution grants to the President, Senate, and the Supreme Court.

        • vicki

          The President has (with the advice and consent of the Senate) to make treaties. Neither he nor the Senate has the power to supersede the SUPREME law of this land with said treaty. The founders were NOT that stupid. To change the limits on government in the Constitution you have to follow the amendment process.

          http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/staterights/treaties.htm

          http://www.jpands.org/hacienda/article4.html

    • CJ

      Treaties are between nations, not with a non-sovereign entity. States have the ability to use nullification.

      • smilee

        State”s cannot nullify a law, just sue if they think it is unconstitutional and most fail. Some think they can and say they can but that is just politics.

    • smilee

      It is a political lawsuit that conservatives have become so famous for and they lose most of them.

      • vicki

        Treaties can not override the Constitution http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/staterights/treaties.htm

        • smilee

          Who said they can??? I never said they can and this treaty does not do that so what is your point.

          • vicki

            My point is simple. Those that fear a treaty will violate the 2nd amendment don’t have to.

            The reason for their fear is, however well grounded in awareness of how recent administrations (notice the plural) have ignored even the most obvious restrictions on government powers.

          • smilee

            Your perception,but lacking specifies no response is possible

          • vicki

            amusing that you responded anyway.

    • vicki

      No treaty can override the Constitution.

      http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/staterights/treaties.htm

    • smilee

      Interesting that as a Canadian you have a better understanding of our Constitution than many in the US and of course much more than the radical on this site who have little idea. Keep up the good posts!

      • Robbie

        The Constitution is really easy to read and understand. But, as you suggest, many on this site couldn’t be bothered.

  • THE PRETTY POLE DANCER

    Being the feckless, corrupt, Western-hating, freedom-hating UN Bureaucracy, this POS treaty will probably not work anyway

    • liz

      I am sure this Administration will do everything it can to make it work but also try to make it the law of the land.

      • lbrack

        This is not about anything working or not as it relates to the stated reason for the arms treaty. It is about using the treaty to infringe on the rights of law abiding individuals. It will be used as justification to gradually disarm knowledgeable citizens so they will be defenseless and not have the ability to resist the government’s dictates. For a discussion of the implications of the US having signed the treaty go to:
        http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/09/25/un-arms-treaty-will-be-menace-to-us-for-years-to-come/

  • Sam

    The UN is mostly radical Muslims. They hate Christians and Jews and they hate the US. The leaders in the UN must be salivating at the thought of disarming American citizens. Let them try and see what happens. We aren’t going to stand for it.

    • liz

      I hope you are right, I do know there are a lot of hunters in every state. What is this, like the movie “Red Dawn” !

    • squeeze127

      That’s why they are buying all that hollow-point ammo. I doubt the Senate will ratify that Treaty.

  • CWA

    Put BO on trial for treason!

  • lbrack

    The article says the treaty will likely be ratified by the senate, however on March 23, 2013, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote. It would take a significant change in sentiment within the Senate for the treaty to be ratified by the current members of the Senate. However, unless the treaty is rescinded by a President prior to it being ratified, a different Senate could ratify it in the future.

    • smilee

      Treaties cannot be be amended just voted up or down! That was a non binding resolution and means nothing

      • lbrack

        My comment was not about amending the treaty. The amendment I referenced was one that was apparently added to another bill on March 23, 2013. That amendment was intended to make a public statement that there was not enough support in the Senate at that time to ratify the treaty if it reached the Senate in the future.

        • smilee

          “Apparently” Indicates you do not know and I agree with that!!

          • lbrack

            There was no reference to the specific bill in the source information who’s subject was about the outcome of the vote on the amendment to prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. I try not to pretend to know something that I don’t, so I indicated that it was apparent since there couldn’t be an amendment unless there was a primary bill to amend.

            The specific bill is not an issue for the purpose of this discussion, as it is the vote for the referenced amendment that was the important factor; as the vote for the amendment was what relates to the statement in the article that the treaty was likely to be ratified.

            I am trying to be specific, so I’m sorry you are having such a hard time following the discussion.

  • duif100

    Since Pelosi claims there is no place the budget can be cut, I have a suggestion.
    Get out of the UN and stop paying 25% of their budget.

  • jim

    a little disingenuous in the last part of the article. From all the intel i have seen from different sources it Doesn’t appear that the treaty will be ratified in the senate. Any treaty that attempts to supersede the Constitution in Illegal. We have no requirement to follow illegal dictates.

  • MichaelGuy

    The Constitution is a social agreement whereby citizens agree to be governed while the politicians and bureaucrats agree to be constrained from capricious despotism. No law can countermand the Bill of Rights and no federal official is allowed to supersede our social contract. To nullify or abrogate this Constitution, including the Second Amendment, leaves only two alternatives: anarchy or tyranny. This abuse of power, fomented by the Democratic Party is an attempt to use treaties, such as the UN’s ATT. as a means of treason. Treason is defined by aiding and abetting a foreign power to foist their government upon your fellow citizens and countrymen. This is what Benedict Arnold did. Those who want the foreign, non-elected bureaucrats in the UN, GATT, WTO, et al to rule our country are committing treason.
    The goal of this global empire is to supersede, abrogate and nullify our Constitution and force Americans to become subservient serfs to a neo-feudal UN aristocracy of bureaucrats and plutocrats. The tactics to be used are familiar to anyone familiar with communism or Nazism. Gun regulations, then registrations, then confiscation and finally concentration, as in Soviet-style concentration camps. This is similar to Britain’s attempt to subdue the colonist at Lexington in 1775.
    The irony is our Democrats in power will arm the Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist rife within the Free Syrian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood and also arm the drug cartels with Fast and Furious weapons, but try and deny the Second Amendment to law abiding citizens. If you need a non-elected bureaucrat’s permission to do something then you do not have a right. But now it seems liberal, socialists want to disarm and subjugate every conservative, capitalist, Constitution-loving, Christian Caucasian

    • antiliberal00

      You missed an option. It is called civil war.

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis

        What Texas is doing is a prelude to their Secession plan, which I fully support. If Texas secedes, there will be a tremendous influx of Americans into that State. Citizens will challenge their States to follow suit. This will galvanize other States to join Texas in a confederation for a new Union. Just think, we in the South, the Midwest, and the West can have our own TRUTH tv networks and TRUTH radio stations to educate patriots and any others who want to join our Union as to the evil hidden TRUTH about the federal apostate government in the District of Criminals. The 9/11 lie will be fully exposed along with numerous others, especially Obama’s complete illegitimacy. Federal troops on current US military bases in the new Union will be demoralized to fight for the old Union when they realize the TRUTH as they watch their new tv stations and hear the truth on their radios. States who plan on joining the new Union need to have an intact State Militia because many arrests will still be needed. In time, Pandora’s Box of federal government lies will finally be opened. The CIA and CFR will not be able to control the message of TRUTH coming from the new Union. The federal government will be forced to mobilize the 386,000 UN “peacekeeping force” troops currently residing unConstitutionally on American soil to destroy the new Union because no US Army troops will be willing to quell the rebellion of their fellow patriots. State Militias must be prepared to confederate and meet this challenge and enroll disillusioned US Army troops currently stationed on federal bases in their States.

        • KG

          If Texas were to secede, it would be the biggest disaster for Texans since the defeat at the Alamo. Does anyone realize just how much Federal Money the “great’ Republic of Texas gets from DC? Almost a third of Texas’ budget is financed by US Government outlays in the form of Military Bases, Salaries of Government employes, And the real big one – retirees’ on Social Security who would have to leave the state to continue their SS retirement funds.

          Just face it Texas, you are in a Union and it’s time to pay your dues!

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis

            When Texas becomes its own Republic or joins a new Union, it will levy either higher State taxes to supplant the removed federal tax or levy a new federal flat tax or sales tax to support its own infrastructure, Militia, etc. Those still sucking off the federal government’s teat will be permitted to go if they so desire. It will establish its own currency just as the Confederacy of old did. Texas will have no problem whatsoever getting off the federal government’s teat.

          • KG

            I wouldn’t go out and buy a Confederates Colonels Uniform just yet.

            Oh yea – Higher state sales taxes to disproportionately affect the poor so the rich don’t have to pay income taxes. Thats swell.

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis

            I guess you didn’t read where I said “FLAT TAX OR SALES TAX”, did you??? A flat tax is the same across the board and so is a sales tax. It covers everybody equally – none of this current regressive socialist tax – redistribute the wealth – nonsense that comes straight from the Communist Manifesto that we have today. No more tax codes ad infinitum et ad nauseum. No more infinite loopholes.

          • KG

            The only ‘fair’ tax IS a graduated Income tax. A poor family may spend 25% of its income on food. While a wealthy person may only spend .25% of his income on food. So, for the poor person 1% represents much more of his income than a rich person. If a so-called ‘flat tax’ were implemented then the poor would end up paying a greater portion of their income in taxes than the rich people.

            The whole purpose of the tax code is to encourage people to Invest in things that are beneficial to the country as a whole. While investements that are only for ‘tax shelters’ are usually non-productive for the overall economy. Taxes are low on Municipal Bonds so as to help fund public works projects that ultimately help everyone. We may have come on different boats,but we are surely ALL in the same boat now.

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis

            The Sales tax has provisions to not tax food at all. The flat tax often proposed is 15% across the board. The present “progressive” Income Tax code as it currently exists allows for all sorts of shelters and loopholes that there would be no way to get around with a flat tax (assuming we can trust the criminals in the District of Criminals not to ever muck with it – unlikely with the present bunch of criminals). It also taxes the illegal aliens, so they can pay their fair share for once since we have two political parties hellbent on destroying this country any way they can by giving these folks a free pass.

          • KG

            Yes. The current tax code does specify many ways to avoid paying certain taxes. However, the purpose of the so-called loopholes is to direct investment into productive sectors of the economy rather than into savings which doesn’t do anything for the economy. Believe it or not, there are illegal Aliens working 40+ hours a week and paying SS taxes as well as sales taxes and car registration taxes. The sad part is if they are working under a false SS number, then all of their work credits will be forfeited to SS. So, the more Illegals who work legitimately, the better for everyone else. Untill they realize they are getting screwed – then all bets are off! Que’ Pinche Gringo?

          • Robert Messmer

            Nonsense, SS efts/checks are done pretty much regardless of where they reside. Check out ex-pats living in Mexico and other countries with lower standard of living so their SS checks will actually allow them to live.

          • KG

            Is Mexico rebelling against the USA? Is Costa Rica at war with the USA? Think about what you are saying. The USA will NOT give ‘…aid and comfort…” to its enemies.

            If Texas were to secede, it would be a disaster, both economically and spiritually.

          • Robert Messmer

            Sure Obama is doing it right now by arming international terrorists. Besides even ex-pats living in communist countries were still receiving their money.

          • KG

            What ‘international Terrorists’ are you talking about? If the USA is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood then we are supporting a CIA created entity – just like Alquaeda. Remember something called the Cold War?

          • Robert Messmer

            Doesn’t matter who or what created them. They are international terrorists and thanks to Obama the government is arming them.

          • KG

            Our president, Mr Obama couldn’t give a sling shot to a 12 year old boy without congress’ approval. There are ‘black’ programs run by the Mormon dominated CIA that ‘may or may not’ be supplying arms to them.

          • Robert Messmer

            Sorry but the news disagrees with you.

  • unbridled

    I keep having dreams where the UN building collapses and falls into the east river while in full session….Wishful dreaming?

    • antiliberal00

      That would pollute the river so bad it would never be usable again.

      • unbridled

        You’re right! Thank you for the diagnosis. It must not be a dream afterall. It’s a NIGHTMARE!…

  • unbridled

    “United Nations” or as it was originally known “The League of Nations”. Same useless, self serving, treacherous reprobates regardless of what they call themselves. How they assume the right to claim the power over a sovereign nation’s constitution is beond me. Having them all under one roof is nothing more than a convenience in order to keep all the worlds self proclaimed “leaders” ( Useful Idiots ) in one place under close watch. They couldn’t lead each other out of a paper bag….

  • antiliberal00

    The pieces of dung that signed that treaty committed high treason and should pay the price.

    • Robert

      I agreed, if civil war break out, we should find them and bring them in for trail for treason against the United States Constitution.

  • Mike Austin

    Why is it only 1 AG is saying this. Thankfully, I live in Texas.

    • Robert

      Lucky you.

  • LINDITA

    AS PEOPLE, UN BUILDING SHOULD TRANSFER TO GAZA STRIP. LA,LA,LA….

  • Mole Johnson

    Get the UN out of my country, and the weasel president!