CIFTA or the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, was signed by Clinton in 1997. Now, BO is pressing the senate to ratify it. The treaty would criminalize gun related activities that are legal in many states. Among other things, the treaty:
- Mandates the creation of a licensing system
- Requires specific licensing for assembly and manufacturing of firearms. But this is so loosely defined that simply attaching a scope could be deemed assembly.
- Prohibits the police from selling confiscated firearms to licensed dealers.
- Requires countries to have specific authorization to import and export firearms.
The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) seeks to establish international standards for the importation, exportation and transfer of firearms. Last fall, Hillary Clinton announced that the US was reversing our stance on the treaty and would participate in negotiations.
Any such treaty would allow an international body to override your constitutional rights. The American people have no say about who is appointed to these international positions. It's not like your congressman who you can vote out next term.
No matter where you stand on the gun debate, your rights are at risk. Today it's guns, tomorrow it's speech or press. Oh wait, those are at risk too....more on that later.