On April 2, 2013, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to pass the Arms Trade Treaty. As expected, U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations under the current administration voted in favor of the treaty. The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signatures on June 3. Any treaty has to be ratified by two-thirds majority of the United States Senate. Even if the president signs the treaty, it will be very difficult to get the necessary two-thirds vote needed for ratification. Over fifty percent of the United States Senate opposes the Arms Trade Treaty because this treaty threatens the rights and privacy of American gun owners. The United States Senate is the only way to stop the current administration and the United Nations from taking away our Second Amendment rights.
A group of U.S. senators, in opposing the treaty, put forth a concurrent resolution expressing the Senate’s opposition to it, stating that the treaty “fails to expressly recognize the fundamental, individual right to keep and to bear arms and the individual right to personal self-defense—and thus risk infringing on freedoms that are protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.” The ATT threatens both our national sovereignty as well as our constitutional rights.
Once a treaty has been signed, it remains available for the Senate to ratify it in perpetuity, unless a later president withdraws from it. This means that American gun owners must remain vigilant to ensure the treaty is never ratified. Opposition to this treaty is bi-partisan.
The Missouri General Assembly, by sending two important pieces of legislation to the governor, took action to guarantee its citizens their constitutional right to protect themselves. House Bill 436, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, reaffirms some of the basic rights that American citizens have under the constitution. House Bill 533, another piece of Second Amendment legislation, allows all public employees to keep a firearm in their vehicles during work hours. This act ensures that public employees can exercise their right to self-defense, should they find themselves in a dangerous situation going to or coming from work.
HB 436 restates that individual states created the federal government as an agent to resolve international disputes and regulate interstate commerce. This bill declares that while some states may unconditionally submit to Washington, the state of Missouri reserves the power to make laws regarding the everyday life, liberty, and prosperity of her citizens. Furthermore, some rights—including the right to bear arms in defense of one’s life, home, and family—belong to the people of this country. The U.S. Constitution does not grant the federal government the power to infringe on the people’s right to self-defense, and any attempt by the federal government to usurp this power will be invalid in Missouri.
The Missouri legislature takes very seriously its responsibility to protect and preserve the constitutional Second Amendment rights of Missouri’s citizens, and we will do all we can to see that this right is protected and preserved for many years to come.