Mr. Bost once again can't seem to get his facts correct. In his letter of July 16 he states that the U.S. by signing the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution would strip Americans of their right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.
This is an old Internet rumor that has no basis in fact. The Arms Trade Treaty resolution is a proposed United Nations treaty that would regulate the global trade of conventional weapons. It would have no effect on our personal right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. Banning weapons for U.S. citizens isn't possible under our Constitution, according to the Supreme Court in its ruling in 2008 quoted below:
"District of Columbia v. Heller: (T)he enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table. These include the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home."
Furthermore, treaties don't subject one nations' citizens to the laws of other nations. They commit governments to whatever actions a treaty specifies, such as the transfer of arms across borders in this instance. The UN recognizes individual gun ownership rights under "U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/C.38 Rev.1, Oct. 28 (2008)...Acknowledging also the right of States to regulate internal transfers of arms and national ownership, including through national constitutional protections on private ownership, exclusively within their territory.."
It should also be noted that all international treaties require the approval of two-thirds of the Senate before they are considered ratified and in effect.
Ron Golliday, Edinburg