Some people may have missed it, so I’m posting tonight a little bit of old news, but news gun owners need to know about.
President Obama, while in Mexico recently, lent his support to a little known treaty called the “INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST THE ILLICIT MANUFACTURING OF AND TRAFFICKING IN FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, EXPLOSIVES, AND OTHER RELATED MATERIALS.”
This treaty was signed by President Bill Clinton, but has never been taken up by the Senate. Obama wants them to do it now as part of the “few things” he and USAG Holder would like to accomplish in the gun control arena.
The treaty does several things that ought to outrage Americans in general, and gun owners in particular:
1. It requires the signatories to outlaw the “illicit manufacture” of guns and ammo. Illicit manufacture is defined as any manufacture or assembly done by someone not licensed by the state. For example, if you wanted to load your own ammunition or assemble a gun from a kit, you would need a license from the government. Otherwise, your activities would break the law required by the treaty.
2. It requires the signatory states to establish gun owner registries that will be shared among the signatory countries. That means the incompetent, corrupt governments of as many as 29 other countries would have access to information about you and the guns you own.
3. It establishes offenses under the treaty as extraditable offenses. If another country decided you had somehow been involved in a gun control violation, they could ask the US government to arrest and extradite you to their country for trial.
Obama has publicly stated (video here) that he wants the Senate to take up this piece of trash and ratify it. Hopefully, with the recent passage of the national parks gun carry amendment as a guide, most senators wouldn’t think of doing so. Either way, we need to let our senators know that we will not tolerate abridgment of our Constitution by a treaty with states that don’t share our values and our respect for inalienable rights.