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.