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Moran to Obama: We don’t want your arms treaty

Updated: 2013-10-15T20:15:02Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran today reiterated what he called the Senate’s overwhelming opposition to ratification of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

Also, Moran said the U.S. would not be bound by the treaty’s obligations.

Moran called Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent signing of the treaty a “direct dismissal of the bipartisan Senate majority that rejects this treaty.”

He also decried what he called the pact’s “dangerous ambiguity.”

The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations on the transfer of conventional arms and to regulate arms brokers. It would, however, not control the domestic use of weapons.

Still, Fox News has reported that gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn that the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulation in the U.S.

The chances of adoption in the U.S. aren’t good. A two-thirds Senate majority is needed to ratify.

The treaty is aimed at placing a dent in the estimated $60 billion global arms trade. Fifty countries must ratify it for the treaty to go into effect.

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