The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be negotiated in New York in July. In October 2009, the Obama Administration reversed the previous Administration’s position and decided to support the negotiation of the Treaty. One reason to be concerned about the Treaty is its potential effect on rights protected in the U.S. under the Second Amendment. Senator Jerry Moran has led the way in expressing these concerns. Last summer, he led 44 of his colleagues in notifying President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton of their intent to oppose the ratification of any ATT that in any way restricts Americans’ Second Amendment rights. In March, he introduced the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012, which would bar funding for any ATT that would restrict Second Amendment rights, and, in late May, working with Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), he offered a similar amendment – which passed by a voice vote – to the FY 2013 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Bill.
Join us as Senator Moran discusses his concerns with the ATT, reviews the Senate’s determination to protect Second Amendment freedoms and U.S. sovereignty, and offers a look ahead at one of the most important and contentious international negotiations of 2012.
More About the Speakers
The Honorable Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Member, United States Senate
Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow in Anglo-American Relations