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Kerry signs UN arms treaty, senators threaten to block it

       Published September 25, 2013

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kerry_un_092413.jpg Sept. 24, 2013: President Obama walks past Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York. (AP)

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday signed a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, riling U.S. lawmakers who vow the Senate will not ratify the agreement.  As he signed the document, Kerry called the treaty a “significant step” in addressing illegal gun sales, while claiming it would also protect gun rights. “This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors. This is about reducing the risk of international transfers of conventional arms that will be used to carry out the world’s worst crimes. This is about keeping Americans safe and keeping America strong,” he said. “This treaty will not diminish anyone’s freedom. In fact, the treaty recognizes the freedom of both individuals and states to obtain, possess, and use arms for legitimate purposes.” Bull

Imperial President ObamaU.S. lawmakers, though, have long claimed the treaty could lead to new gun control measures. They note the U.S. Senate has final say on whether to approve the agreement.  Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in a letter to President Obama, urged his administration not to take any action to implement the treaty without the consent of the Senate.  He claimed the treaty raises “fundamental issues” concerning “individual rights protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.” 

The National Rifle Association blasted the plan, claiming it would impose an “invasive registration scheme” by requiring importing countries to give exporting countries information on “end users.”  “The Obama administration is once again demonstrating its contempt for our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement. “These are blatant attacks on the constitutional rights and liberties of every law-abiding American. The NRA will continue to fight this assault on our fundamental freedom.” Hey Leftist

Gun Control Supporters croppedSen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., one of the most vocal opponents of the treaty, also sent a letter to Kerry declaring the treaty “dead in the water,” since a majority of senators has gone on record against the agreement. “The administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats,” he wrote.  Kerry, who is in New York attending the U.N. General Assembly session, announced earlier this year that the administration planned to sign the treaty.

The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country.  Still, gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulations inside the U.S. and have threatened not to ratify.

Over the summer, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to President Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the measure for this and other reasons.

The chance of adoption by the U.S. is slim. A two-thirds majority would be needed in the Senate to ratify. Wolf and Lamb

trustWhat impact the treaty will have in curbing the estimated $60 billion global arms trade remains to be seen. The U.N. treaty will take effect after 50 countries ratify it, and a lot will depend on which ones ratify and which ones don’t, and how stringently it is implemented.

The Control Arms Coalition, which includes hundreds of non-governmental organizations in more than 100 countries that promoted an Arms Trade Treaty, has said it expects many of the world’s top arms exporters — including Britain, Germany and France — to sign alongside emerging exporters such as Brazil and Mexico. It said the United States is expected to sign later this year. The coalition notes that more than 500,000 people are killed by armed violence every year and predicted that “history will be made” when many U.N. members sign the treaty, which it says is designed “to protect millions living in daily fear of armed violence and at risk of rape, assault, displacement and death.” Partyof Deceit Spin and Lies

Second AmendmentMany violence-wracked countries, including Congo and South Sudan, are also expected to sign. The coalition said their signature — and ratification — will make it more difficult for illicit arms to cross borders. The treaty 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. It prohibits states that ratify it from transferring conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. The treaty also prohibits the export of conventional arms if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals.

In addition, the treaty requires countries to take measures to prevent the diversion of conventional weapons to the illicit market. This is among the provisions that gun-rights supporters in Congress are concerned about.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Protesters burn gun registration forms

March 16, 2014 6:10 pm  •  MICHAEL GOOT —


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nearly a thousand gun registration forms were turned into ashes Sunday.

The forms are used for people to register with New York State Police firearms that meet the state’s definition of military-style assault weapons. The deadline is April 15. Gun rights advocates gathered at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161 to burn the papers in a symbolic protest.

E.J. Stokes, leader of the Warren County chapter of New York Revolution, said he was participating because he believes in the U.S. Constitution.

“Once the Second (Amendment) falls, the rest will go with it. It’s an unconstitutional law, done in the middle of the night with no input from the public,” he said.

The event was organized by the NY2A Grassroots Coalition. NY2A co-founder Jake Palmateer said the goal is for people not to register their assault weapon as an act of civil disobedience.

“We are opposed to registration because the evidence is clear that registration leads to confiscation,” he said.

He and others hope that so few people will fill out the forms, that the registry portion of the SAFE Act “collapses under its own weight.”

He estimates that less than 3,000 New York assault weapons have been registered and he says Sate Police estimated that there are several hundred thousand. The gun industry believes the number may be high as 1.2 million, according to Palmateer.

He added that similar gun control legislation in Canada proved to be unworkable.

The second purpose of the event was to kick off advocacy efforts for the 2014 election. NY2A will be vetting Assembly and Senate candidates for their stance on gun rights.

“Make sure we are putting people in who are pro-civil rights. Ultimately, this is a civil rights issue,” he said.

The SAFE Act infringes on due process rights, the right to privacy and the right to equal protection under the law, according to Palmateer.

About 230 people attended a forum to discuss the issue before the burning. Similar forums held across the state have been well attended, Palmateer said. Gun groups will be holding a big rally April 1 at the state Capitol.

Kevin Sisson, a Carlisle councilman in Schoharie County, said he and others are defending the Constitution.

“We are not extremists,” he said. “We are simply free men who love our country.”

“Sounds Like You’re Anti-American,… Anti-Law – I’m the Master”: CT State Police to Gun Owner On How Gun Law Will Be Enforced


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Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance became famous, or infamous depending on how you view things, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting.  I spoke with Lt. Vance last year to clear up a couple of questions surrounding Sandy Hook.  During that conversation, Lt. Vance was a gentleman and answered all of my questions in a candid manner.  However, with that said, a recent audio of a call indicates that he is more than willing to comply with laws that are against the Second Amendment, and is willing to send those in the lower ranks of the Connecticut State Police to enforce those laws.

Lt. Vance was phoned by Guerilla Media Network Producer, Guerilla Girl Ashley, and asked what the repercussions of refusing the state’s law regarding state residents registering their firearms or surrendering them.

During the call, which lasted about seven minutes, there were numerous things that Lt. Vance said that truly make one shake their head.

Ashley said that her husband received a letter in the mail indicating that since he had failed to register the so-called “assault weapons” (and I’m betting he doesn’t have such a thing) or his high capacity magazines that he would have to sell them, move them out of state, break them or surrender them to law enforcement.  You can see the letter for yourself here.

“What happens if my husband decides not to do this?” Ashley asked.

Lt. Vance told her the question would be best addressed by a lawyer.  However, Lt. Vance indicated that his understanding is that refusing to register those guns would be a felony, just as John Cinque indicated last year, when he stood against Republicans against the proposal of the new law.

Vance went on to say that he “didn’t know what would happen” to those that would not abide by the new law.  He did indicate that the letter was put out to inform gun owners of what they needed to do in order to be “within the law.”

What I found curious was the fact that the state knew who had these weapons.  Vance clearly indicates that they know this (2:10 mark).  Consider that the ATF is not to retain information when you purchase a gun through a dealer.  In fact, when you fill out the ATF form for a new gun purchase that is to be retained by the dealer on site.  It is not sent into the ATF.  Reports have been made that ATF officials have been illegally going into gun dealers and photocopying these forms and taking them from the premises.  Granted, I’m not familiar with Connecticut laws.  They may require one go through a background check and need a permit to even purchase a gun.  My advice is to do private transactions and one of the best places for that is

She then asks a pertinent question.  “Isn’t this a slippery slope that will put the police in harm’s way?”

Vance indicated that he didn’t see that perspective and so Ashley points out that going door to door, if that is what enforcing the law comes down to, would not put policemen’s lives at risk.  Of course, Lt. Vance said that police don’t look at things that way, but just want everyone to abide by the law.  At this point, one should ask the question if police are allowed to have semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines, but I digress.

Lt. Vance was clear that until the State or the Supreme Court determined a law was unconstitutional, it was a lawful law.  In other words, when asked if he took an oath to the Constitution, he would not acknowledge that, but rather put the issue back on the court system.

One thing I do agree with Lt. Vance on regarding this issue is that people should seek the advice of their attorney or their legislators, not the police.  Asking the police about a matter like this is like asking and IRS official to help you with your taxes.  It’s a bad idea.

One thing to note is that Vance said he did not want to speak about the Constitution, though he mistook Ashley’s reference to a “conversation” as “Constitution.”  He wanted to stick to state law.  However, considering that Connecticut’s state constitution clearly states in Article 1, Section 15:

Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.

It seems to me that if one has the right, and that was defined previously in the Declaration of Independence as an unalienable right from God, the Creator, then one does not need a permit to own a gun or to carry a gun.  That would also imply that since it is a right given by God, not the State, then gun registration is just as intrusive.  However, again, ask yourself why it is necessary to register a gun that the state already knows you have.  It is to make you a criminal for simply exercising your rights.

With that in mind, Lt. Vance asked how he could help and when Ashley asked what the police would actually do to enforce the law, fearing for her family, Lt. Vance responded:

“Ma’am, it sounds like you’re anti-American, it sounds like you’re anti-law.”

Ashley took offense at Lt. Vance’s statement, which he seems to backtrack from when she calls him on it.

While Vance indicated that he would never come to her house, Ashley did point out that those in his ranks would, which he seemed to agree with.

When Ashley tried to point out that Lt. Vance is a public servant and that she paid his salary with taxes, Lt. Vance rightfully pointed out that he also pays taxes.  However, he went on to state, “I’m the master, ma’am.  I’m the master.”

To be fair, listen to the conversation.  Lt. Vance was not attempting to be provocative, at least not in my opinion.  However, what he said should cause every citizen of Connecticut that loves freedom and understands their state constitution and the Second Amendment to do just what Lt. Vance advised, and that is start talking to your attorneys and put the pressure on the tyrants in your legislature.  As John Cinque rightly indicated to representatives last year, don’t vote any of these people back into office and unless someone is going to uphold your liberties and repeal such nonsense, inform that that you will not vote for them.  Perhaps there should be some pressure to bear upon Lt. Vance as well to conform to both constitutions, rather than to unlawful laws.

My personal advice would be to see your local Sheriff.  He’s the one that you want to depend on in this situation.  He is an elected law enforcement officer, and we have been seeing the sheriffs across the United States taking a stand for the Second Amendment.

Already, Connecticut has told gun owners, who have not registered their guns or high capacity magazines, to surrender their firearmsTens of thousands have said “No” to the order, and some patriots have issued a warning that they are armed, and “are familiar with the finer points of marksmanship.”

About Tim Brown

Husband to my wife. Father of 10. Jack of All Trades. Christian and lover of liberty.  Residing in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. Follow Tim on Twitter.


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