NRA praises Inhofe for amendment to stop US from joining UN arms treaty

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Saturday thanked Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) for introducing an amendment during the Senate’s budget “vote-a-rama” to prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

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The full Senate passed Inhofe’s amendment early Saturday morning on a 53-46 vote.

In a statement, Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said the fight to oppose “any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners” has grown “more intense.”

“Thanks to the efforts of Senator Inhofe, we are one step closer to ensuring the UN will not trample on the freedoms our Founding Fathers guaranteed to us,” Cox said.

The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty would regulate international arms sales. Negotiations end on March 28.

The NRA, which has lobbied hard against the treaty, says it will restrict the domestic sale of firearms.

The Obama administration, which backs the treaty, has said its language would not affect domestic arms sales and would merely require the rest of the world to adopt America's already strong export controls.

“We’re negotiating a treaty that cedes our authority to have trade agreements with our allies in terms of trading arms,” Inhofe said. “This is probably the last time this year that you’ll be able to vote for your Second Amendment rights.”