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Calling All Lawyers to Support a Strong Arms Trade Treaty

Calling All Lawyers to Support a Strong Arms Trade Treaty

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Published by Jordan Krueger
The NRA claims that the Arms Trade Treaty would infringe on Second Amendment rights in the U.S. when in fact, it will have no bearing on domestic gun ownership. Without a doubt, the law is on our side. That's why we're calling on fellow professionals in the legal community to set the record straight and counter the NRA's misinformation campaign.

Before the official negotiations begin on March 18, representatives of Amnesty International USA will present Obama administration officials with these signatures to help strengthen our argument for a strong Arms Trade Treaty.
The NRA claims that the Arms Trade Treaty would infringe on Second Amendment rights in the U.S. when in fact, it will have no bearing on domestic gun ownership. Without a doubt, the law is on our side. That's why we're calling on fellow professionals in the legal community to set the record straight and counter the NRA's misinformation campaign.

Before the official negotiations begin on March 18, representatives of Amnesty International USA will present Obama administration officials with these signatures to help strengthen our argument for a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

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Institutionalaffiliationsandprofessionaltitlesareforpurposeofidentificationonly.
[Date]PresidentBarackObamaTheWhiteHouse1600PennsylvaniaAvenue,NWWashington,DC20500PresidentObama:WetheundersignedmembersofthelegalprofessionandscholarsofinternationallawarewritingtourgetheUnitedStatesgovernmenttosupportarobustArmsTradeTreatywithstronghumanrightssafeguardswhenUNnegotiationsreconveneinMarch.Specifically,thefinalizedtreatymustincludeprovisionsrequiringStatesPartiestorefuse,suspendorrevokeauthorizationofinternationalarmstransfersthatarelikelytobeusedtocommitorfacilitateseriousviolationsofhumanrightslaworinternationalhumanitarianlaw.
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Bycoveringallconventionalweapons,thistreatywillatlastprovideglobalstandardsfortheregulationofsmallarmsandlightweapons,includingrapid-firegunsandammunitionclips.Concernshavebeenraisedforsometimeabouttheimpactofsmallarmsandlightweaponsoncivilianpopulations,andthedevastationtheseweaponsbringtoconflictzones.
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Aslongasinternationalarmsexportregulationsallowfortheunregulatedmovementofweapons--smallarmsandlightweaponsaswellasheaviermilitaryhardware--itisinevitablethattheseweaponswillfindtheirwaytoconflictzonesorintothehandsofregimesandarmedgroupsthatwillusethemtocommitviolationsofhumanandhumanitarianrights.TheU.S.governmentmustusethisopportunitytoreachagreementwithothermajorweaponsexporters,tomakeitmoredifficultforhumanrightsviolatorsandothercriminalstoarmthemselvesandinflictharmonothers.SomehaveraisedconcernsaboutthepotentialimpactoftheArmsTradeTreatyonU.S.constitutionalrights(specifically,secondamendmentrights),
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butthesefearsareunfounded.Theproposedtreatywillfocusontheflowofweaponsbetweencountries,notwithinthem.ThedrafttreatytextthatemergedfromtheJuly2012conferenceclearlystatesthatitis“theexclusiverightofStatestoregulateinternaltransfersofarmsandnationalownership,including

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See Amnesty International, “How to Apply Human Rights Standards to Arms Transfer Decisions” at
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Harold Hongju Koh,
 A World Drowning in Guns
, 71 Fordham L. Rev. 2333 (2003). Available at:http://ir.lawnet.fordham.edu/flr/vol71/iss6/1;See also Barbara Frey, UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (July 27, 2006). A/HRC/Sub.1/58/27 Available athttp://www.unhcr.org/refworld/category,REFERENCE,UNSUBCOM,,,45c30b560,0.html
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National Rifle Association,http://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/ATTPrepCom/Documents/Statements-MS/PrepCom3/NGO-statements/NRA-July-2011.pdf  

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