Update: 6/3/2013: John Kerry said Monday that the US will sign the Arms Trade Treaty despite the Senate’s bipartisan resistance to it. Immediately after his re-election, Barack Obama encouraged the UN General Assembly to pass the treaty. The assembly approved it on April 2.
Kerry enthusiastically said:
“We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” he said. Kerry called the treaty “an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights.”
Jay Carney said Barack Obama will sign the treaty “before the end of August.”
It is unclear why there is a delay since he agrees with it and has been quite vocal about it. He will probably sign it on a Friday afternoon in late August. Congress is on vacation at the end of August.
The president will sign it. Carney made that clear:
“We believe it’s in the interest of the United States,” he said. “While we look forward to signing the treaty, there are remaining translation issues that need to be resolved.”
The only reason not to sign it now is to wait until a time when there is less news coverage and people are on vacation.
The treaty covers small arms and mandates an end-user registry. The registry will be used to mandate a registry for the small arms owners in the US.
The Senate rejected the treaty last year 53-46 but each year that it is brought up, the vote gets closer.
Update: 6/2/13: There is some question as to whether President Obama will sign the treaty tomorrow. A letter from 130 congressmen to Obama has asked him not to sign it. [examiner]
Original Story: The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which purportedly ends illegal gun trafficking is much more about an international gun registry. Gun control advocates in the US want this registry as an excuse to set up a registry in the states to control our use of guns.
The ATT gives the executive branch broad powers over our Second Amendment. It also includes ambiguous language that can be used by the gun control advocates. Obama will sign the treaty and it will then go to the Senate which must ratify it by a two-thirds majority for it to be enforceable.
Every time it has come to a vote, the vote becomes closer.
For now, Senator James Imhofe has pushed through an amendment opposing the treaty. That, however, is temporary.
Background information on this link.