Congressman Tim Huelskamp issued the following remarks on the President's endorsement of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Resolution, which sets up an international conference to be held in 2012. It is likely that as a result of this conference, international laws on gun ownership and purchase will be established. Several organizations have expressed concern that this type of treaty-making could severely hamper Second Amendment rights.
"Knowing that it is politically detrimental to deny Americans their right to bear arms through action in Washington, President Obama is turning to the United Nations to force through his agenda," Congressman Huelskamp said. "In the same way that he has relied on international law to justify his behavior in other areas -- like engagement in Libya -- he is turning to an international body for assistance in promoting his radical agenda: scaling back Second Amendment rights. The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any attempts to undermine or supersede the U.S. Constitution through international treaties is an affront to our democracy. The Bill of Rights is an absolutely fundamental part of our Constitution, and it is my hope that the United States government will not give in to any treaty that fails to protect the Second Amendment. It is not up to the President's discretion to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution he will protect and those which he will ignore."
"As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I will be a tireless opponent of any effort by the Obama administration to relinquish the writing and enforcement of gun laws to the United Nations. When I swore an Oath of Office in January, I pledged to uphold the United States Constitution; that includes, but is not limited to, defense of the Second Amendment."