Tuesday, April 02, 2013

UN Small Arms treaty passes

Oftentimes, the UN gun grab articles out are boys who cried wolf. The reality is that there is a potential wolf, but it wasn't an imminent threat. Three things now we need to look for is this. Will Obama sign it? (probable) Will the Senate ratify it? (unknown) Will it survive SCOTUS? (unknown)


From the Washington Times

The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday signed off on a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty to regulate the international arms trade, brushing aside worries from U.S. gun rights advocates that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry and disrupt the American gun market.
The long-debated U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) requires countries to regulate and control the export of weaponry such as battle tanks, combat vehicles and aircraft and attack helicopters, as well as parts and ammunition for such weapons. It also provides that signatories will not violate arms embargoes, international treaties regarding illicit trafficking, or sell weaponry to a countries for genocide, crimes against humanity or other war crimes.


The danger is in the treaty itself. 

Ammunition/Munitions
Each State Party shall establish and maintain a national control system to
regulate the export of ammunition/munitions fired, launched or delivered by the
conventional arms covered under Article 2
(1), and shall apply the provisions of
Article 6 and Article 7 prior to authorizing the export of such
ammunition/munitions.
Article 4
Parts and Components
Each State Party shall establish and maintain a national control system to
regulate the export of parts and components where the export is in a form that
provides the capability to assemble the conventional arms covered under Article 2
(1) and shall apply the provisions of Article 6 and Article 7 prior to authorizing the
export of such parts and components
 
National Control System. It's very broad. It's intended to be broad and cover most firearms.

Each State Party shall take measures necessary to implement the provisions of
this Treaty and shall designate competent
national authorities in order to have an
effective and transparent national control system regulating the transfer of
conventional arms covered under Article 2
(1) and of items covered under Article 3
and Article 4.
6. Each State Party shall designate one or more national points of contact to
exchange information on matters related to
the implementation of this Treaty. Each
State Party shall notify the Secretariat, established under Article 18, of its national
point(s) of contact and keep the information updated
 
That sounds like registration (and eventual confiscation) to me. 

These are the Export Provisions. Keep in mind that many of our firearms and ammo are imported. Glock. H&K. Wolf ammo (yeah, I know, don't recommend it).

Export and Export Assessment
1. If the export is not prohibited under Article 6, each exporting State Party, prior
to authorization of the export of conventional arms covered under Article 2 (1) or of
items covered under Article 3 or Article 4,under its jurisdiction and pursuant to its
national control system, shall, in an objective and non-discriminatory manner,
taking into account relevant factors, including information provided by the
importing State in accordancewith Article 8 (1), assess the potential that theconventional arms or items:
(a) would contribute to or undermine peace and security;
(b) could be used to:
(i) commit or facilitate a serious violation of international humanitarian law;
(ii) commit or facilitate a serious violation of international human rights law;
A/CONF.217/2013/L.3
13-27217
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(iii) commit or facilitate an act constituting an offence under international
conventions or protocols relating to terrorism to which the exporting State is a
Party; or
(iv) commit or facilitate an act constituting an offence under international
conventions or protocols relating to transnational organized crime to which the
exporting State is a Party.

What we need to remember is to not make a mistake many on the right did with the Bush admin regarding the so called Patriot Act. I opposed it from the start. I was wary of the DHS. I did not trust an Obama, Hillary, Kerry, or John Edwards controlled government with those powers. I didn't trust Bush with them either. When passing laws, think of the results if the worst president in the world with the worst appointees would be enforcing them. Then ask if you still support it. If the answer is no, then it's a bad law. 

More Registration here. 
Record keeping
1. Each State Party shall maintain national records, pursuant to its national laws
and regulations, of its issuance of export authorizations or its actual exports of the
conventional arms covered under Article 2 (1).
2. Each State Party is encouraged to maintain records of conventional arms
covered under Article 2 (1) that are transferred to its territory as the final destination
or that are authorized to transit or trans-ship territory u
nder its jurisdiction.
3. Each State Party is encouraged to include in those records: the quantity, value,
model/type, authorized international transfers of conventional arms covered under
Article 2 (1), conventional arms actuallytransferred, details of exporting State(s),
importing State(s), transit and trans-shipmentState(s), and end users, as appropriate.
4. Records shall be kept for a minimum of ten years

This needs to be blocked in the Senate.

9 comments:

Communications guru said...

I knew this was coming when I read in the Hill that the U.S. had joined 153 other nations in approving an arms trade treaty. I knew a fanatic like you and the NRA would be up in arms because it could possibly stop your masters – the gun manufactures – from selling weapons to Third World countries to kill each other. It has absolutely nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment, registration – God forbid – or confiscation. But you and Hune should watch out for that black helicopters that will come take your guns any day now. Neither of you understand what a treaty is. It simply requires countries to create internal mechanisms to ensure that their arms exports aren't likely to be used to harm civilians or violate human-rights laws.

Communications guru said...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/untreaty.asp

Republican Michigander said...

I don't care what Snopes says when I can look at the actual text of the treaty itself. This treaty amounts to registration.

Communications guru said...

I know you don’t. You will never let facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory. What’s it like to be so paranoid and afraid of your own shadow? It doesn’t “amount to registration,” but even if it did, so what?

Republican Michigander said...

What conspiracy theory? There is no conspiracy theory or paranoia here. It's all out in the open. I even linked to the primary source - the UN itself.




Communications guru said...

Are you serious? The conspiracy theory and paranoia is that a treaty would ever trump the U.S. Constitution. Again, what’s the problem with registration?

Republican Michigander said...

(eyeroll). Treaties don't trump the constitution, but who knows what SCOTUS will be down the road. As far as registration goes, it doesn't work, costs money, and leads to confiscation as shown in several areas including California.

BR said...

Trying to teach a pig to sing just wastes your time, and annoys the pig.

Communications guru said...

If treaties don't trump the constitution then why are you against it? It’s telling that you stand with the countries against it: Iran, Syria and North Korea. It will have no effect on the U.S. because we already have the standard it calls for in place. It simply establishes a common international standard for the national regulation of the international trade in conventional arms. It really addresses illegal trade in weapons used for terrorism, genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Apparently, you not only support North Korea, but you support terrorism.

There is noting wrong with registration. The fact is 92 percent of the public supports mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, including overwhelming majorities of gun owners and NRA members.

Wow. Now you support criminals and the mentally ill having guns. You are just like the NRA. Law enforcement officials in California confiscate guns from the homes of individuals not legally permitted to own them, such as criminals and the mentally ill. I see why you are so afraid. Plus, the law does not allow them to take the guns; they have to convince those people to hand over their guns.

It’s sad that the chair of the Livingston County Republican Party supports Communist North Korea, terrorism and criminals and the mentally ill having guns.

As for your pal; I guess when the facts are not on your side, this is where you have to go.