WASHINGTON – US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) joined Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), James Inhofe (R-OK) and 33 colleagues from requesting clarification of the Biden administration’s intention to open up US Second Amendment rights to international scrutiny by joining the Arms Trade Treaty, an international agreement that would regulate the firearms trade.
“The vague language of the ATT makes American commitments uncertain, of which most concern is the lack of protections for the legal possession of firearms which threatens the rights granted to Americans under the Second Amendment. writes the senators. “Under no circumstances is it inconceivable that the United States would consider subjecting our constitutional right to bear arms to international surveillance and interference. “
The co-signers of the letter are Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY), James Risch (R-ID), Thom Tillis (R-NC), John Hoeven (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Cornyn (R-TX), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Boozman (R-AR), Todd Young (R -IN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R- TN), Michael Rounds (R-SD), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), John Kennedy (R-LA) , Lindsey Graham (R-GA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Tim Scott (R-SC).
Read the full letter here or below:
We are writing to you today to seek clarification of your administration’s position on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The recent remarks by Deputy Director of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction, William Malzahn, seem to indicate your intention to join this misguided and authoritarian international treaty.
At the Seventh Conference of the States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, Deputy Director Malzahn said, “The United States has long supported strong and effective national controls over the international transfer of conventional arms, and the arms trade is an important tool to promote these controls. internationally. ”We find this statement very disturbing and contrary to the current and historical position of the United States.
The vague language of the ATT makes American commitments uncertain, most concerning of which is the lack of protections for the legal possession of firearms which threatens the rights granted to Americans under the Second Amendment. Additionally, with an amendment process that only requires an approval vote, more intrusive provisions could be applied in the future; legally obliging the United States to comply with international covenants without the consent of the Senate.
Under no circumstances is it inconceivable that the United States would consider subjecting our constitutional right to bear arms to international surveillance and interference. For these reasons, we seek clarification of your intentions regarding this international agreement. Further, we urge you to reject the ATT; however, if you have plans otherwise, please know that we will unequivocally oppose its ratification in the Senate.
We thank you for your attention to our concerns and look forward to your response.