SOS John Kerry Signs U.N. Arms Treaty - Attorney General Greg Abbott Repsonds

In April, the United Nations passed an arms control treaty that poses a serious threat to the 2nd Amendment rights and other constitutionally protected rights of American citizens. At that time Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott declared a "Red Flag Alert" and put the federal government on notice that he would fight to defend the rights of Texans and all Americans against foreign intervention into our Constitution and Laws.

Today U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the treaty beginning the process of ratification by the United States. For the treaty to go into effect, obligating the United States to comply with the terms of the treaty, the U.S. Senate must vote on ratification under its advise and consent duties in the Constitution.

General Abbott released a statement today reaffirming that he is ready to lead the legal battle to defend our rights and our Constitution if the Senate were to pass ratification. 

"In yet another trampling of Constitutional liberty, President Obama today continued his assault on personal freedom. By signing this treaty, the Obama administration has attempted to subject Americans’ right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations. The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from the dictates of leaders in other lands. This treaty contradicts the underpinning philosophy of our country and establishes the precedent that the UN has some level of authority to govern our lives."

"While one purpose of this treaty is to combat the illegal international trade of weapons into third-world war zones, we are alarmed that the President’s action today includes 'small arms' which could draw law-abiding gun owners and gun store operators into a complex web of bureaucratic red tape created by a new department at the UN devoted to overseeing the treaty."

"We can’t stand back and let our individual freedoms be signed away. We urge Senators to vote against this dangerous precedent. If not, Texas stands ready to lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court."

Attorney General Abbott will be discussing this issue directly with TexasGOPVote in an interview to be conducted next month. We look forward to bringing you more information about how this treaty could impact not only the 2nd Amendment, but all of our constitutionally protected rights including free speech, illegal search and seizure and other rights that protect citizens from the government.

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