Ken Paxton

Monday, June 3, 2013

Attorney General Greg Abbott Says Obama’s Signature on U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Threatens Second Amendment Rights of Americans

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today rebuked the signing of the United Nations (U.N.) Arms Trade Treaty by President Obama. Saying that treaties don’t trump the Constitution, Abbott warned that the President was taking unprecedented action and signing away liberties guaranteed by the Constitution.

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty signed today by President Obama will become law if ratified by the U.S. Senate. In an April 2 letter to President Obama, Abbott said if the treaty was signed and ratified, Texas would lead swift legal action to enforce the Constitution’s guaranteed right of the people to keep and bear arms.

From Attorney General Greg Abbott:

“Today America’s liberty is weaker because President Obama has ceded Americans’ right to bear arms to the United Nations. In yet another trampling of constitutional liberty, President Obama today continued his assault on personal freedom when he signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty. The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from dictates by leaders in other lands. This treaty contradicts the underpinning philosophy of our country and establishes the precedent that the U.N. has some level of authority to govern our lives.

“While the 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 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 U.N. devoted to overseeing the treaty.

“We can’t stand back and let our individual freedoms be signed away. We urge the U.S. Senate to vote against this dangerous precedent. If not, Texas stands ready to lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.”