Saturday, July 21, 2012

NRA: Gun registration is part of UN arms treaty draft

The latest UN Arms Trade Treaty update from the NRA-ILA says, in part:
Anti-gun treaty proponents continue to mislead the public, claiming the treaty would have no impact on American gun owners. That's a bald-faced lie. 
For example, the most recent draft treaty includes import/export controls that would require officials in an importing country to collect information on the "end user" of a firearm, keep the information for 20 years, and provide the information to the country from which the gun was exported. In other words, if you bought a Beretta shotgun, you would be an "end user" and the U.S. government would have to keep a record of you and notify the Italian government about your purchase. That is gun registration. If the U.S. refuses to implement this data collection on law-abiding American gun owners, other nations might be required to ban the export of firearms to the U.S.
There's other stuff about the treaty in the NRA-ILA alert that should give supporters of America's Second Amendment the heebie-geebies. I tend to see efforts to draft, sign and ratify this treaty as treachery in motion. And the fact the Obama administration is pursuing it now is among the signs that tip me off that this is not a normal election year. 

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