Just in case you had any doubt … AWB is coming back. UN arms treaty not far behind

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Xavier spotted the following on change.gov, the official president-elect website:

As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn’t have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.

It also looks like the Obama administration will likely support the proposed UN arms trade treaty. From the LA Times (November 1, 2008):

In a United Nations General Assembly vote, 147 of its 192 members voted in favor of creating a global treaty that would impose rules on the import, export and transfer of weapons among nations. Only the U.S., long an opponent of such a treaty, and Zimbabwe voted against the idea. Arms exporters such as China, Russia and Israel showed their reluctance over the regulations by abstaining; other nations were absent.

I think it is also safe to say that Obama will not lift the import ban on Chinese/Norinco arms. If you want that Type 97 bullpup you are going to have to move to Canada!

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Mr. Wolf Mr. Wolf on Mar 11, 2009

    It is a sad day, when people are so near-sighted that they cant remember that the reason for civilians owning guns is to protect themselves. A large group of armed civilians is the only thing that can really help keep America in the hands of the people. I'm not foolish enough to even hope that Obama will realize this, though. I can only hope that Congress will step up and not let such a disaster unfold.

  • ACE Ballistics ACE Ballistics on May 03, 2009

    Have we allowed government issues to distract us? Is it gun restrictions, ammo prices, freedom to keep arms, freedom of speech? We need to stay focused. If our founding fathers were here today they would not recognize us nor the ideals some have assimilated. Government will not and cannot solve our problems. Politicians are cheap entertainers; puppets dancing in place while families are being separated by ideals woven together during a cold war years ago.... devide and conquer. Their goal, transform us into a global conglomerate of minds; all different yet all blended and tolerant, impossible! Terrorism is at our doorstep and asking our commander to be friends. The nature of a $300,000 photo op involving Air Force One, does it make you wonder? Why subject so many to fear with 911 fresh in our minds? We were "forewarned" that six month after the election we would be asked to support a decision which would require our support regardless of how it may seem. What will we be asked to support? Is our moral fiber falling apart? Worried about ammo prices? Slingshot and stones.