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.
Export and Export Assessment1. If the export is not prohibited under Article 6, each exporting State Party, priorto authorization of the export of conventional arms covered under Article 2 (1) or ofitems covered under Article 3 or Article 4,under its jurisdiction and pursuant to itsnational control system, shall, in an objective and non-discriminatory manner,taking into account relevant factors, including information provided by theimporting 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.313-272176(iii) commit or facilitate an act constituting an offence under internationalconventions or protocols relating to terrorism to which the exporting State is aParty; or(iv) commit or facilitate an act constituting an offence under internationalconventions or protocols relating to transnational organized crime to which theexporting State is a Party.