This is from The Statesman in Austin,Texas.

More Red State Attorney Generals need to follow Texas’ lead.

This UN gun grab needs to be stopped now.

 

By Chuck Lindell

American-Statesman Staff

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, no stranger to suing the federal government since President Barack Obama took office, repeated his warning Wednesday that U.S. ratification of a United Nations arms treaty would bring “swift legal action” from Texas.

Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty on Wednesday, saying it would improve world safety and limit terrorist access to weapons.

But Abbott said the treaty, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, would endanger the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the U.S. Constitution.

“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,” Abbott said.

“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,” he said.

If senators ratify the document, “Texas stands ready to lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court,” said Abbott, who is running for governor in the 2014 GOP primary. Abbott issued a similar warning in April, when the United Nations finished negotiations on the treaty.

Kerry scoffed at critics who oppose the treaty based on Second Amendment fears, saying it would not regulate domestic weapons sales.

“This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom. It recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess and use arms for legitimate purposes,” Kerry said, according to the Associated Press.

Strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association and a number of U.S. senators, the treaty faces a difficult path to ratification.

The treaty, according to the AP:

• Requires ratifying countries to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers.

• Prohibits the transfer of weapons that could be used to promote acts of genocide or war crimes, violate arms embargoes or could be used in attacks on civilians.

• Covers battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons.

The treaty will take effect when 50 countries ratify it. Although 91 nations have signed the treaty, only four have ratified it thus far.

 

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