Tipton Statement on UN Arms Trade Treaty

Apr 3, 2013 Issues: Constitutional Issues

WASHINGTON--Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following passage of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by majority vote in the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. The President would have to sign the treaty and the Senate would need to ratify it with a 2/3 vote for it to be adopted. Tipton is a co-sponsor of a House Resolution opposing the Treaty.

“I am disappointed that the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution to adopt the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) with the support of President Obama’s Administration. The ATT includes provisions that infringe on our Constitution and reduce our sovereignty by attempting to regulate the transfer and purchase of domestic civilian arms in our country. This is not acceptable. I am proud to cosponsor a resolution to oppose the UN Arms Trade Treaty (H.CON. RES. 23) and urge the President and Senate to stop the ATT.”

Background Summary of H.CON. RES. 23:

Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the President should not sign the Arms Trade Treaty, and that, if he transmits the Treaty with his signature to the Senate, the Senate should not ratify it; and (2) until the Treaty has been signed by the President, received the advice and consent of the Senate, and has been the subject of implementing legislation by Congress, no federal funds should be appropriated or authorized to implement the Treaty, or any similar agreement, or to conduct activities relevant to the Treaty, or any similar agreement. (Thomas.gov)