UN Arms Trade Treaty deadline today: Revised draft gives hope to gun control advocates

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A revised draft of a new U.N. treaty to regulate the multibillion dollar global arms trade raised hopes from supporters and the British government, which has been the leading proponent, that an historic agreement could be reached by Friday’s deadline for action.

The draft circulated late Thursday closed several loopholes in the original text, though the Washington-based Arms Control Association said further improvements are still needed to strengthen measures against illicit arms transfers.

A spokesman for Britain’s U.N. Mission, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the new text is “a substantial improvement” and “an historic agreement that effectively regulates the international trade in conventional arms is now very close.”

The estimated $60 billion international arms trade is unregulated, though countries including the U.S. have their own rules on exports.

Opponents in the U.S., especially the powerful National Rifle Association, have portrayed the treaty as a surrender of gun ownership rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The issue of gun control, always politically explosive one for American politicians, has re-emerged since last week’s shooting at a Colorado cinema killed 12 people.

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  • Paul in Orlando FL

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the only way you are going to take away my guns is by force, period. Give me liberty or give me death! There are no other choices for me.
    The only thing the UN is interested in, is more revenue. They are about the most useless group I’ve ever seen. They even make our government look good! Why on earth are we still supporting them? My bad and I forgot; it is pure corruption between them and our government.

  • marineh2ominer

    This treaty is the WHOLE reason the administration arranged that Colorado massacre , you surely don’t believe that this one man was responsible for this , do you ? Oh ! YES ! What happened to the man involved , seen by witnesses , which the ” authorities ” have so conviently dismissed . By the way , whose idea was it to put all the most corrupt people in the world ( except the ones in Washington ) into one building in New York City ? Now THERE is a good spot for a nuke .

  • Last night, I read a draft copy of the UN Small Arms Treaty and spent half my evening signing petitions against it and emailing friends to get them to object to the treaty also. Tonight, I learned ON THE EVENING NEWS that no agreement had been reached and the treaty has apparently been put off for now. That’s a wonderful victory– but not a word about it from Joe Miller or any of the others who were “fighting so hard” to defeat it. So, is that it? That’s over, now let’s get on to the Olympic games? Why are we not sticking this pig in the heart to make sure it’s dead and is never brought up again?

    I’m beginning to think Joe Miller and the others are playing me like a bunch of politicians.