So far the Obama Administration has shown about as much interest in picking a fight with gun owners as Iran has shown in making peace with Israel. But the UN is a big wild card in play. It’s possible to get an international arms control treaty that could have serious implications for American gun owners. See this AP article on the latest preparations. They would like to have a comprehensive treaty by 2012.
Whether President Barack Obama’s administration will now back negotiations remains to be seen.
Gun control is a hotly contentious issue in the United States, where the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to “keep and bear arms,” and powerful lobby groups routinely oppose almost every effort to restrict gun sales and ownership â€” and usually win.
Supporters of a new treaty stress that it will not interfere with legal arms sales but will target illegal weapons transfers.
We’ve heard that one before, and unfortunately, previous proposals would have forced the US to pass many more gun control laws in order for nations party to the treaty to be able to legally export small arms to the United States. In short, if you like your Glock pistol, Anschutz target rifle, or Perazzi shotgun, you’re going to be out of luck if a treaty is passed that prohibits exporting firearms to the United States, because we do not implement sufficient “controls” by international standards, for the transfers to qualify as “legal.”