Alan Buttell wrote a letter to Sen. Harry Reid regarding the UN Small Arms Treaty and this was the letter he received in response to his inquiry.
November 19, 2012
Mr. Alan Buttell
611 S 6th
Las Vegas, NV 89101-6935
Dear Mr. Buttell:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you may know, the UN Arms Trade Treaty, also known as the UN Small Arms Treaty, was introduced before the UN General Assembly in December 2006. October 14, 2009, the United States delegation to the UN agreed to enter into negotiations with other nations on the Arms Trade Treaty. I took note of your concerns that the UN Arms Trade Treaty may infringe on the Second Amendment rights guaranteed by our Constitution. As a gun owner, I believe that law abiding citizens have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
The Arms Trade Treaty being discussed would only regulate international transfers of small arms, notably, weapons that have been used in the past to wage insurgencies, genocide, and illegal warfare. Domestic transfers of small arms, such as firearms sales within the United States, would not be subject to the treaty. The State Department has also notified the UN that the Obama Administration will vehemently oppose any proposals that might impact domestic transfers of arms. You may also be interested to know that the United States Constitution supersedes all other laws and treaties; therefore, treaties that violate the United States Constitution would be invalid.
Throughout my time in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, I have worked to protect the Second Amendment. I welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which made clear that every law abiding citizen has an individual constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Furthermore, I have worked diligently to provide Nevada’s gun owners with opportunities to safely enjoy their right to bear arms, such as the Clark County Shooting Park. You can be certain that I will continue use my leadership position in the Senate to defend the Second Amendment and I will continue to press the Obama Administration to ensure that our Second Amendment rights will not be subject to any provision passed by the United Nations.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at http://reid.senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
My best wishes to you.
United States Senator