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Senator Roberts Renews Opposition to U.N. Arms Trade Treaty


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today reaffirmed his opposition to the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty joining U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and others in introducing a bipartisan concurrent resolution opposing the treaty.

Senator Roberts made the following remarks at a press conference on the joint House and Senate resolution:

"This treaty is flawed and just another example of this Administration continuing to lead from behind, using international agreements to force their agenda on the American people," Roberts said. "We don't need more treaties with the UN. We need an entire national security reset and a way forward that does not allow an organization like the UN, with its many faults and failures, to dictate U.S. policy."

The UN Arms Trade Treaty was intended to address import and export controls on conventional weapons, aiming to eliminate illegal trade and access by rogue parties. But the Treaty has grown to include provisions on civilian ownership. This could infringe upon American citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.

"I want to remind Americans one thing in regards to encroachment by the UN on U.S. sovereignty: NOT ON OUR WATCH," Roberts said. "The UN will not be given the right to violate our Constitution's 2nd Amendment nor tell Americans what guns they may own or what laws this nation will follow. That will not be the case as long as I am a Member of the United States Senate, where we are charged with ratifying treaties such as this."

The United Nations will begin final negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty Monday, March 18, 2013.

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