Myths about the UN gun treaty conference
POSTED: Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 2:05pm
There’s been a lot of talk about a conference going on this month at the United Nations.
It concerns the international arms trade, and some Americans are worried.
BUT According to the UN charter, and the US Constitution, they can’t interfere in the internal workings of a member nation.
But, are they talking about new regulation of the international trade in small arms?
Yes they are.
And, frankly, for good reason.
The flow of arms, particularly small arms and the ammunition for them, is big business, both above and under the table.
Just the reported trade in small arms internationally amounts to 4.3-billion dollars, and neither China or Russia report their deals, so that figure is low.
And where do they go? Drug cartels, rebels, terrorists and brutal regimes, along with legitimate governments and buyers overseas.
So the UN is meeting to discuss a treaty to provide more transparency and accountability regarding who ends up with these weapons.
That worries gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association.
They want “civilian” arms excluded.
But the definition of civilian gets complicated.
Here is the UN definition of small arms. With the exception of revolvers, it only concerns semi-automatic or automatic firearms.
These are the guns of choice for bad guys around the world…the M-16 and AK47. The AK is by far the most sought after.
But it is also sold legally here in the US.
Even UN members don’t want to interfere with that.
Any treaty would have to pass constitutional muster and a senate ratification vote. And the treaty under discussion here has no effect on any gun within the US.
It’s only when they make the trip overseas, that the UN wants to know who ends up with a finger on the trigger.
As mentioned, there is no treaty yet, and frankly, it is hard to imagine how any future agreement could infringe on the Second Amendment.
The Constitution itself has supremacy over any international treaty.