Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment last week that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote. [theHill]
Inhofe’s amendment probably makes the ATT moot though it only passed by 7 votes. We are within a year of an important election that affects some Democrats. All Republicans voted for Inhofe’s amendment. Lautenberg did not vote.
What is not moot is the fact that each time this comes up, the more senators like it and the more it seems acceptable to too many people. It is also possible that President Obama can implement parts of the treaty through his powers as Chief Executive.
The ATT or Arms Trade Treaty will likely pass in the UN today. It then has to ratified by a 2/3rd vote of the Senate. At this time 34 senators are against it, but that number is down from 51.They need 66 votes for passage.
Rep Mike Kelly explains:
Sign the petition at Stop the ATT
There is nothing to stop President Obama from passing an Executive Order, a rule or even establishing an agency to implement portions of the treaty.