Abbott Says U.N. Arms Deal Unconstitutional
While Congress takes up debate on proposed new gun laws in the U.S., another battle over gun rights is taking place in international law, and it's starting right here in the Lone Star State. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott continues to push the federal government to reject the new United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. Abbott tells KTRH the treaty would be a direct violation of the Second Amendment. "It empowers the U.N. to regulate firearms, to maybe require a registration list of those who purchase firearms, and it limits the trade of firearms," he says. The treaty recently won approval from the U.N. General Assembly, but still needs the signature of President Obama and a two-thirds vote in the U.S. Senate for America to sign on.
Abbott pledges to stop that from happening. "If the United States ratifies it, then it's up to me--the attorney general of Texas--to file a lawsuit against the United States for entering into a treaty that violates the Constitution." It may not come to that, though. Abbott recently sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama not to sign the treaty, but the President is expected to do so. If that happens, the treaty could face a tough battle to get approval from 67 senators. Nevertheless, Abbott says he'll push on for the sake of protecting Americans' Second Amendment rights. "And I will be prepared to file a lawsuit to protect those liberties, and to have a court strike down this treaty."
While Abbott is traveling Texas sounding the alarm over the treaty, the Obama Administration thinks his fears and warnings are unfounded. After the treaty was passed, Secretary of State John Kerry said the treaty "applies only to international trade," adding that nothing in it "could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment." Abbott begs to differ, telling KTRH "the Obama Administration seems to be using the United Nations as a way to regulate liberties that we are guaranteed under the United States Constitution."