Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to Protect Rights of American Gun Owners
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Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to Protect Rights of American Gun Owners


MR. MORAN: MR. PRESIDENT? THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE SENATOR FROM KANSAS IS RECOGNIZED. MR. MORAN: MR. PRESIDENT, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO ADDRESS THE SENATE AS IF IN MORNING BUSINESS. THE PRESIDING OFFICER: WITHOUT OBJECTION. MR. MORAN: THANK YOU. OUR NATION’S FOUNDING FATHERS AMENDED THE NATURE OF THE CONSTITUTION MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES AGO TO GUARANTEE A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR ITS CITIZENS. SINCE THEN OUR DEMOCRACY HAS STOOD STRONG AND AMERICANS HAVE ENJOYED LIBERTIES AND FREEDOMS UNPARALLELED IN THE WORLD, INCLUDING THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS GUARANTEED BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. TODAY OUR FREEDOMS AND OUR COUNTRY’S SOVEREIGNTY IS IN DANGER OF BEING UNDERMINED BY THE UNITED NATIONS. TO ENSURE OUR LIBERTIES REMAIN FOR GENERATIONS TODAY AND FOR THE FUTURE, I’M OFFERING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN GUN OWNERS FROM THE EFFECTS OF ANY U.N. ARMS TREATY. IN OCTOBER OF 2009 AT THE U.N. AGAIN ASSEMBLY, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION VOTED FOR THE UNITED STATES TO PARTICIPATE IN NEGOTIATING AN ARMS TRADE TREATY, A REVERSAL OF THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION’S POSITION. THIS TREATY IS SUPPOSEDLY INTENDED TO ESTABLISH — QUOTE — “COMMON INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE IMPORT, EXPORT AND TRANSFER OF CONVENTIONAL ARMS” INCLUDING TANKS, HELICOPTERS AND MISSILES. HOWEVER, BY THREATENING TO INCLUDE CIVILIAN FIRMS WITHIN ITS SCOPE, THE ARMS TRADE TREATY WOULD RESTRICT THE LAWFUL PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS IN OUR COUNTRY. WHETHER THAT’S TRUE OR NOT DEPENDS UPON WHAT THE TREATY ACTUALLY SAYS. LESS THAN TWO MONTHS FROM NOW, THE U.N. CONFERENCE ON ARMS TRADE TREATY WILL TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK, AND THAT PRESUMABLY WILL DETERMINE THE LANGUAGE THAT’S ULTIMATELY INCLUDED, AS THE TREATY WILL BE FINALIZED FOR ITS ADOPTION. GIVEN WHERE THE PROCESS STANDS TODAY, I’M CONCERNED THAT THIS TREATY WILL INFRI NGE UPON THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF AMERICAN GUN OWNERS. I’M ALSO CONCERNED IT WILL BE USED BY OTHER COUNTRIES WHO DO NOT SHARE OUR FREEDOMS TO WRONGLY PLACE THE BURDEN OF CONTROLLING INTERNATIONAL CRIME AND TERRORISM ON LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS. CURRENTLY, PROPOSALS BEING CONSIDERED BY THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE AT THE U.N. WOULD ADVERSELY AFFECT U.S. CITIZENS. I HAVE SEVERAL CONCERNS WITH THESE PROPOSALS. FIRST, THERE’S BEEN REGULAR CALLS FOR BANS OR RESTRICTIONS ON CIVILIAN OWNERSHIP OF GUNS AMERICANS USE TO HUNT, TARGET SHOOT, AND DEFEND THEMSELVES. SECONDLY, BY REQUIRING FIREARMS TO BE ACCOUNTED FOR THROUGH THEIR LIFE SPAN, THE ARMS TRADE TREATY COULD LEAD TO A NATIONWIDE GUN REGISTRATION. THIS, DESPITE EVIDENCE THAT THE COSTLY BUREAUCRATIC SYSTEM HAS BEEN A COMPLETE FAILURE IN STOPPING ANY CRIME OR STOPPING CRIMINALS FROM GETTING ACCESS TO GUNS ANYWHERE IT HAS BEEN TRIED. THIRD, OTHER PROPOSALS COULD REQUIRE THE MARKING OR TRACKING OF AMMUNITION. TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT OUR COUNTRY’S SOVEREIGNTY AND THE RIGHTS OF ALL AMERICANS ARE PROTECTED, AS THE ADMINISTRATION NEGOTIATES THE TREATY I HAVE SPONSORED, INTRODUCED, SENATE BILL 2205, THE SECOND AMENDMENT SOVEREIGNTY ACT. THIS LEGISLATION IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD. FIRST IT SAYS THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CANNOT “USE THE VOICE, VOTE, AND INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES” TO NEGOTIATE A TREATY THAT IN ANY WAY RESTRICTS THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. THIS IS A COMMONSENSE REQUIREMENT THAT EVEN THE ADMINISTRATION MAINTAINS. IN AN AUGUST LETTER I RECEIVED FROM THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, THE STATE DEPARTMENT WROTE, “THE ADMINISTRATION WILL NOT AGREE TO A TREATY THAT WILL INFRINGE UPON THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. WE WILL NOT AGREE TO TREATY PROVISIONS THAT WOULD ALTER OR DIMINISH EXISTING RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS TO MANUFACTURE, ASSEMBLE, POSSESSION, OR TRANSCERTIFICATE FIREARMS, AN MUNITION AND RELATED ITEMS.” THIS BILL WILL BACK UP THE ADMINISTRATION’S POSITION AND HOLD THEM TO THAT PLEDGE. SECOND, SENATE BILL S. 2205 SPECIFICALLY PROBABILITIES THE ADMINISTRATION FROM SEEKING TO NEGOTIATE A TREATY THAT REGULATES THE DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE, PURCHASE, OR TRANSFER OF FIREARM AMMUNITION. U.N. MEMBERS, NUMBER MEMBER STATES REGULARLY ARGUE THAT NO TREATY REGULATING THE TRANSFER OF ARMS FJLY CAN BE EFFECTIVE WITHOUT CONTROLLING THE TRANSFERS INSIDE A COUNTRY’S OWN BORDER. THIS, IN MY VIEW, IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE. AGAIN, THE ADMINISTRATION INDICATES THEY AGREE SAYING THAT “IT WILL OPPOSE ANYESTS TO ADDRESS INTERNAL TRANSFERS.” CONGRESS SHOULD HOLD THEM TO THAT PLEDGE. AT STAKE IS OUR COUNTRY’S AUTONOMY AND THE RIGHTS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE LEGISLATION I’VE INTRODUCED SEEKS TO ENSURE THAT U.S. CITIZENS WILL NOT BE RESTRICTED TO RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OR POSSESSION OF CIVILIAN FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION. IT PROHIBITS THE ADMINISTRATION FROM NEGOTIATING A TREATY THAT WOULD RESUL IN DOMESTIC REGULATION OF HUNTING RIFLES THAT ARE OFTEN MISCHARACTERISTICKIZED AS MILITARY WEAPONS. CIVILIAN FIREARMS MUST BE EXCLUDED FROM ANY ARMS TRADE TREATY. PREPARATORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT MANY U.N. MEMBER STATES AIM TO CRAFT AN EXTREMELY BROAD TREATY THAT INCLUDES CIVILIAN FIREARMS WITHIN ITS SCOPE. FOR EXAMPLE, MEXICO AND SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA HAVE CALLED FOR THE TREATY TO COVER “ALL TYPES OF CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS REGARDLESS OF THEIR PURPOSE, INCLUDING SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS, AMMUNITIONS, COMPONENTS, TECHNOLOGY, AND RELATED MATERIALS.” IF THOSE PROVISIONS WERE INCLUDED IN A TREATY, THAT TREATY WOULD BE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE AND WOULD POSE DANGERS TO ALL U.S. BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN ANY ASPECT OF THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY FROM MANUFACTURERS TO DEALERS TO CONSUMERS. MR. PRESIDENT, I URGE MY COLLEAGUES HERE IN THE SENATE TO ADOPT THIS COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION. ON JULY 22 OF LAST YEAR, 57 U.S. SENATORS JOINED ME IN — AND, THEREFORE, A BIPARTISAN NUMBER — JOINED ME IN REMINDING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAT OUR FIREARMS’ FREEDOMS ARE NOT NEGOTIATABLE. WE NOTIFIED PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON OF OUR INTENT TO OPPOSE A TREATY THAT IN ANY WAY RESTRICTS AMERICANS’ SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS. OUR OPPOSITION IS TRONG ENOUGH TO BLOCK ANY TREATY FROM PASSAGE AS TREATIES SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE REQUIRE TWO-THIRDS APPROVAL TO BE RATIFIED. AS THE TREATY PROCESS CONTINUES, THE SECOND AMENDMENT SOVEREIGNTY ACT SEEKS TO REINFORCE THE ADMINISTRATION’S STATED POSITION THAT OUR COUNTRY’S SOVEREIGNTY AND FIREARMS FREEDOM MUST NOT BE INFRINGED UPON BY AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION MADE UP BY MANY COUNTRIES, MOST WHO HAVE LITTLE RESPECT FOR GUN RIGHTS. AMERICA LEADS THE WORLD IN EXPORT STANDARDS TO ENSURE THAT ARMS ARE FOR LEGITIMATE PURPOSES AND THIS LEGISLATION WILL MAKE SURE THAT LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS ARE NOT WRONGFULLY PUNISHED. IN THE DAYS AHEAD, I WILL TO INWORK TO ENSURE THAT AN ARMS TRADE TREATY, IF NEGOTIATIONS RESULT IN ONE, IF THAT TREATY UNDERMINES THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN GUN OWNERS, IT WILL BE DEAD UPON ARRIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE.

19 Comments

  • Stevie Moley

    WHY do we need any kind of legislation for anything that is already OUR Inherent RIGHT? That's dumb to me… anyone that goes against OUR Constitution is committing treason

  • Stevie Moley

    WAKE UP! Eisenhower, JFK, & Ron Paul have all been warning everyone about Agenda 21… get with the program and get US OUT of the UN!!! See
    Ayn Rand's Prophecies of Atlas Shrugged if you need it spelled out for you. Or better yet – see what Bush did at the Earth Summit in Rio… he told the UN Americans would have allegiance to the UN.

  • Ferrell Andrews

    Thank you Senator, thank you for standing up for OUR Constitution and it's undermining by the UN and the current administration. The 2nd amendment guarantees all the others.

  • robertoreptil

    Sounds like a proposal to protect gun manufacturers and dealers, not gun owners. I guess that if I owned one of these companies, I too would advocate for keeping my market open to to the voracious appetite of Mexican drug dealers so that they could continue to shoot people's children. I'd tell everyone that I was a patriot because I supported an interpretation of the 2nd Amendment that would allow individual citizens to bear arms. I'd hug Dick Cheney for good measure.

  • Mike H

    Funny to me the IGNORANCE of taking guns from HONEST gun owners!! It will NOT STOP KILLERS IN ANY WAY!! IF a person is going to kill someone a GUN will NOT STOP a killer in ANY MANNER!! Look how MANY CRIMINALS KNOW they will face ANOTHER FELONY by mere POSSESSION and they STILL USE GUNS EVERYDAY!!
    When you KILL a KILLER THEN YOU STOP the problem!! PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

  • jnrmack

    It should be asked is why they are doing this,what is the bigger picture, it's ether a step forward to a NWO or the first step to bring peace to the World.

  • america2revolt

    They will have a war within the United States if the UN thinks they are going to take American's firearms.. And that's all I got to say about that… Thank you Senator Moran for trying to do what is right for the American people.. But I hate to say it… But President Obama has already said he doesn't need Congress for anything he needs to get done.. All he needs is himself and the UN..

  • izzysykopth

    Here is a clue: The five permanent members of the UN security council are the worlds largest exporters of heavy arms at a time when the UN is trying to get small arms out of the hands of the American people. You dont need to be a geopolitical strategist to see what that means.

  • emee

    Senator Moran has American courage and we appreciate you senator. We know this plot is to disarm the underlings so the NWO of ???peace??? what a joke… the NOW is no more peace than hell is.

  • emee

    eric holder and his ilk have done a good job with guns… and they go scott free though they should be charged with murder…

  • emee

    protect Hillary Clinton??? from what? her unAmerican behavior working so hard to scrap the US Constitution??? Banning the death penalty should not happen however to sentence someone to execution should only be done when there is proof beyond a shadow of doubt…never based on circumstantial evidence…

  • Thomas Jefferson

    I wish he would say what this government type is; Constitutional Republic. but, I applaud this senator

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