The Arms Trade Treaty began July 2 in New York City and will conclude on July 27th with President Obama signing the treaty. It must then be ratified by a 2/3rds majority of the Senate (67 votes).
The U.S. State Department said on July 6, 2012 that the “United States has made clear that ammunition should not be included within the scope of the ATT [Arms Trade Treaty].”
They also said, “For at least the last year, and in response to repeated pleas that the United States modify its position on ammunition, we have solicited proposals about how ammunition could be included within the scope of an ATT in a way that would be both practical and effective. We have received no substantive responses…”
They continued, …”As the United States has said before, we will continue to listen to any proposals for including ammunition.” They then go on to say the proposals must be realistic and effective.
Update: 7/10/12: Iran has been selected for a key position in the the arms trade treaty (ATT) planning conference. As absurd as this is, it’s true. This treaty is not something we should be involved with until the U.N. gets serious about who they have in lead positions.
If the treaty is not passed by the Senate but signed by President Obama – and he said he would sign it – we still must abide by it until the Senate vote.
China and Russia appear to be opposed to the treaty and it is not likely the Senate will approve it.
However, if it doesn’t pass, Obama can enforce it as a “soft treaty” by Executive Order. President Clinton did the same when we did not sign on to U.N. Agenda 21. Clinton established the “International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives” (ICLEI), by Executive Order. The same thing can happen here with this treaty and, inevitably, our second amendment rights. [Forbes]
Read background information here.