Twelve Democrat senators have joined 45 Republicans in a fast growing movement to halt progress on an Obama-backed United Nations effort that could bring international gun control into the United States and slap America’s gun owners with severe restrictions.
Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester’s office released the letter, signed by 11 other Democrats, urging the president to press for significant changes in the treaty. Their major concern: that domestic manufacture, possession, and sales of firearms and ammo will be included, thereby giving an international authority the right to regulate arms sales already protected by the Second Amendment. They also said any move for an international gun registry would be a non-starter.
A Republican letter circulated by Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran has 45 signatures.
Ratification requires two-thirds of the Senate. So far, 57 senators have said they would vote against the treaty, expected to be wrapped up next year.