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Abbott Threatens to Sue to Block UN Arms Treaty

Abbott Threatens to Sue to Block UN Arms Treaty

  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who once described his job description as 'going to the office, suing President Obama, and going home,' may be headed to the courtroom again.

 

  1200 WOAI news reports Abbott, who has filed more than two dozen lawsuits agaisnt the White House over the past five years, is threatening to sue to block the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty from taking effect here, if it is ratified by the Senate. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will sign the treaty.

 

  "In yet another trampling of Constitutional liberty President Obama today continued his assault on personal freedom," Abbott said.  "By signing this treaty, the Obama Administration as attempted to subject Americans' right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations.  The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from the dictates of leaders in other lands."

 

  Abbott has promised 'swift legal action' if the treaty is ratified.  All treaties have to win a two thirds vote of the U.S. Senate, and Republican opposition makes ratification of this treaty problematic.

 

  The Treaty's aim is to combat the illegal international trade of weapons into third world war zones.  But Abbott says it would do much more than that.

 

  "We are alarmed that the President's action today includes 'small arms,' which could draw law abiding gun owners and gun store operators into a complex web of bureaucratic red tape created by a new department of the UN devoted to overseeing the treaty," he said.

 

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