House, Senate members call on Obama to reject UN arms treaty

The ATT would regulate trade in conventional arms, and members of the United Nations are expected to meet next week to continue negotiating it. But opponents of the ATT say it could impede on the Second Amendment right of Americans to possess firearms.

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"This agreement will take away our sovereignty for our own policies," Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) said Wednesday. Kelly is the lead House sponsor of the resolution, H.Con.Res. 23.

"As the greatest defender of liberty and freedom in the world — and we have been for the last 236 years — why would we ever sit down with bad actors and let them decide what our policy will be going forward?" he asked. "It doesn't make sense."

The resolution is similar to one that Kelly proposed last year, but this year's includes the Senate as well because Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) proposed identical language.

"We must avoid a situation where the Administration, due to its continued willingness to negotiate, feels pressured to sign a treaty that violates our constitutional rights," Moran said in a news release. "It is now clear that Congress must reiterate its concerns with the latest draft of the treaty, and I am pleased to be leading this effort once again with Congressman Kelly."

The resolution warns that the ATT poses "significant risks" to the national security, foreign policy and economic interests of the United States. And, it says the ATT fails to recognize the right to bear arms in the United States under the Second Amendment.

Earlier in the week, House and Senate Democrats who support the ATT called on President Obama to support an agreement that helps prevent the sale or transfer of conventional weapons around the world.