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Cornyn opposes U.N. arms treaty
AUSTIN -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas joined 50 senators in expressing grave concern about the dangers posed to Texans’ Second Amendment rights by the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty. According to a July 27 press release, the 51 senators notified President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of their intent to oppose ratification of an Arms Trade Treaty that in any way restricts the rights of law-abiding American gun owners.
“Our country’s sovereignty and the constitutional protection of these individual freedoms must not be infringed,” Cornyn and his colleagues wrote. “As members of the United States Senate, we will oppose the ratification of any Arms Trade Treaty that falls short of this standard.”
The opposition to the treaty is strong enough to block it from Senate passage, as treaties submitted to the U.S. Senate require approval of two-thirds of senators present to be ratified. The U.N. conference on the Arms Trade Treaty took place in late July in New York City. In October 2009 at the U.N. General Assembly, the Obama administration reversed the positions of the two previous administrations and voted for the United States to participate in negotiating the Arms Trade Treaty, purportedly to establish “common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms.” However, by threatening to include civilian firearms within its scope, the Arms Trade Treaty could restrict the lawful private ownership of firearms in the United States.
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