Earlier this week, the Biden administration provided strong indications of interest in a United Nations (UN) treaty regarding small arms. Critics of the plan claim that this treaty will ultimately result in an international gun registration plan, which would include individual gun owners in the United States.
Donald J. Trump had withdrawn from the treaty two years ago; however, a high-level arms diplomat with the State Department informed the UN that the Biden administration is interested in supporting the Arms Trade Treaty.
At the 7th Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, William Malzahn stated that he came “from Washington, D. C. … to take the floor on the agenda item Treaty Universalization, [which underscores] the continuing commitment” held by the United States regarding the “responsible international trade in conventional arms.”
Malzahn also added that the nation has long been in favor of effective and strong national controls regarding “the international transfer of conventional arms.” Consequently, the Arms Trade Treaty comprises an important tool to help promote these types of controls on an international scale, Malzahn observed, per a transcript that had been provided by the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The organization has warned that this international treaty will require the tracking of all guns that Americans purchase overseas. This treaty, in other words, will result in the creation of a global gun registry, which would be maintained for a decade. Every firearms owner would have their name listed in the registry.
This treaty represents “the first step towards creating a global firearms registry,” the NRA ominously remarked.
On Twitter, the Second Amendment advocacy group also claimed that Biden is interested in giving “foreign bureaucrats control over the rights of law-abiding Americans,” though the organization plans to fight these measures “every step of the way.”
In an official statement, Malzahn claimed that the Biden administration intends to work towards strengthening the “Conventional Arms Transfer Policy,” which guides the transfer policy regarding firearms.
Malzahn claimed that the CAT Policy will provide a better frame for “the intent and priorities of the Biden/Harris administration,” as well as “the intent and priorities of the Biden/Harris administration” that have gone into effect since Biden assumed the White House in January 2021.
The revision of the CAT Policy will be finalized soon and subsequently released into the public domain.
Once it is, the nation can then utilize “that policy framework to review specific arms transfer issues,” which would include “determining the proper relationship of the United States to the Arms Trade Treaty,” Malzahn concluded.
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