NSSF Lauds Trump’s Rejection of U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

NSSF praised President Donald Trump's recent rejection of the U.N Arms Trade Treaty, which was signed by the Obama administration but never ratified. President Trump delivered the announcement during April's NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, noting, "We're taking our signature back. The U.N. will soon receive notice that we are rejecting this treaty."

“President Trump’s rejection of this ill-advised treaty is a win for the American people and a win for America’s firearms and ammunition industry” says Larry Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “President Trump, today, reasserted American sovereignty of our inherent rights. This demonstrates again that this administration continues to deliver on the promise to protect Second Amendment rights and value the contributions of the firearms industry to our freedoms and economy.”

The U.N Arms Trade Treaty was signed by then Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, and sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification but was never taken up for a vote. The treaty was intended to control the international trade in firearms under the guise of protecting human rights. The NSSF strongly opposed the treaty as it would have exposed the firearms and ammunition industry to a confusing web of international regulations that would not have contributed to curbing illegal arms trafficking, protecting human rights, or guaranteeing the rights of U.S. citizens.