Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Abbott Says Signature on U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Threatens Second Amendment Rights of Americans

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today rebuked the Obama administration for signing the United Nations (U.N.) Arms Trade Treaty. Saying the treaty doesn't trump the Constitution, Abbott warned that the President was taking unprecedented action in signing away liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

Attorney General Abbott previously warned in an April 2 letter to President Obama, that if the Treaty is ratified, Texas would lead swift legal action to enforce the Constitution’s guarantee of the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

From Attorney General Greg Abbott:

"In yet another trampling of Constitutional liberty, President Obama today continued his assault on personal freedom. 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. This treaty contradicts the underpinning philosophy of our country and establishes the precedent that the UN has some level of authority to govern our lives.

"While one purpose of this treaty is to combat the illegal international trade of weapons into third-world war zones, 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."

"We can’t stand back and let our individual freedoms be signed away. We urge Senators to vote against this dangerous precedent. If not, Texas stands ready to lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court."