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April 2, 2013

UN Arms Trade Treaty passed

Today, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Arms Trade Treaty.  The final text of the treaty and a UN News articale can be read here

Below is a statement by US Secretary of State Kerry on today’s treaty.


STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY

Historic Outcome of the Arms Trade Treaty Conference 

The United States is pleased that the United Nations General Assembly has approved a strong, effective and implementable Arms Trade Treaty that can strengthen global security while protecting the sovereign right of states to conduct legitimate arms trade.

The Treaty adopted today will establish a common international standard for the national regulation of the international trade in conventional arms and require all states to develop and implement the kind of systems that the United States already has in place.  It will help reduce the risk that international transfers of conventional arms will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes, including terrorism, genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  At the same time, the treaty preserves the principle that the international conventional arms trade is, and will continue to be, a legitimate commercial activity that allows nations to acquire the arms they need for their own security. 

By its own terms, this treaty applies only to international trade, and reaffirms the sovereign right of any State to regulate arms within its territory.  As the United States has required from the outset of these negotiations, nothing in this treaty could ever infringe on the rights of American citizens under our domestic law or the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. 

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Categories: Addressing Gun Violence, Current Affairs, Societal violence, U.N. General Assembly, United Nations

Tags: arms trade treaty, general assembly, guns, kerry, law, united nations


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