Trump Backs Out of UN Arms Trade Treaty: ‘We are taking our signature back’

Trump withdraws from the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty which seeks to regulate the international trade of conventional arms. (Photo: NRA-ILA)

Kudos to President Trump who on Friday withdrew the U.S. from the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

An effort to globalize gun control via the regulation of “conventional arms,” the Arms Trade Treaty was approved by the Obama Administration in 2013. Thankfully, it was never ratified by the U.S. Senate so it never became binding here in the Land of the Free.

But because former Secretary of State John Kerry actually signed the darn thing at the behest of Obama, it was still a threat waiting in the wings. While GOP lawmakers in Congress passed amendments year after year banning the Dept. of Defense from using taxpayer dollars to promote the treaty, which is the best they could do to keep it from gaining momentum stateside, it needed a POTUS to officially kill it.

Trump did exactly that at the National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, IN.

“We will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone,” Trump said during his NRAAM address. “We are taking our signature back.”

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox praised Trump, saying “today in front of 15,000 NRA members, President Trump once again demonstrated his commitment to our Second Amendment freedoms and American Sovereignty.”

“His commitment to un-sign the anti-gun United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that was forced on us by John Kerry and Barrack Obama, gives NRA members one more reason to enthusiastically support his presidency,” Cox continued. “Donald Trump isn’t afraid to stand on the side of freedom and defend our God-given right to self-defense and we couldn’t be prouder to stand with him.”

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lamented the move, saying that it comes at a time when we are witnessing “growing international tensions” and that the ATT is the “only global instrument aimed at improving transparency and accountability in the international arms trade.”

What are the issues with the ATT? In a 2013 letter to Obama, pro-gun lawmakers highlighted the main problems:

  1. The treaty failed to achieve consensus, and was adopted by majority vote in the U.N. General Assembly. This violates the red line drawn by the Obama Administration;
  2. The treaty allows amendments by a three-quarters majority vote, circumventing the power and duty of the U.S. Senate to provide its advice and consent on treaty commitments before they are assumed by the United States;
  3. The treaty includes only a weak non-binding reference to the lawful ownership, use of, and trade in firearms, and recognizes none of these activities, much less individual self-defense, as fundamental individual rights. This poses a threat to the Second Amendment;
  4. The State Department has acknowledged that the treaty is “ambiguous.” By becoming party to the treaty, the U.S. would therefore be accepting commitments that are inherently unclear;
  5. The criteria at the heart of the treaty are vague and easily politicized. They violate the right of the American people, under the Constitution, to freely govern themselves. The language restricts the ability of the United States to conduct its own foreign policy and allows foreign sources of authority to impose judgment or control upon the United States; and,
  6. The State Department has acknowledged that the treaty includes language that could hinder the United States from fulfilling its strategic, legal and moral commitments to provide arms to key allies such as the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the State of Israel.

If we’re being honest, Trump has been a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to protecting the 2A during his first term. On one hand, Trump appointed justices to the Supreme Court to cement a 5-4 pro-gun majority, approved the repatriation and sale of surplus military guns to the public, and, as already mentioned, killed the Arms Trade Treaty.

On the other hand, POTUS instituted a retroactive ban on bump stocks, flirted with the idea of a federal red flag law and raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21, and failed to champion national concealed carry reciprocity and legislation deregulating suppressors.

Point is Trump is not the 2A stalwart the NRA makes him out to be. But that’s okay. Because given the alternative, whoever it is that the Dems nominate to run in 2020 be it Comrade Bernie or Crazy Kamala Harris, Trump is still the best chance we have to ensure our right to keep and bear arms remains intact for future generations.

Trump 2020!  

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  • john sabin May 4, 2019, 2:04 pm

    THANK YOU PRES. TRUMP !! NOW can you help small town gunsmiths with a scrogg known as I.T.A.R.!!
    Please stop for a visit, dinner is on us.

  • Scott May 3, 2019, 9:36 pm

    “On the other hand, POTUS instituted a retroactive ban on bump stocks, flirted with the idea of a federal red flag law and raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21, and failed to champion national concealed carry reciprocity and legislation deregulating suppressors.”


    I don’t like the bump-stock ban either, it was completely bogus, rushed through as a reaction to a CRIME that has never even been properly INVESTIGATED much less revealed to the public.

    But the fact is that a ‘bump stock’ is NOT a gun, it’s an accessory, and the bigger fact is that the whole REASON it was an “issue” is because the Left saw it as an opportunity to create a WEDGE between Trump and the American People based on the EMOTION of the moment.

    So Trump decided to SACRIFICE that PAWN, it was a strategic move, in order to win the whole WAR.


    As for flirting with ideas about red flag laws and age restrictions, after two years, people have to begin to recognize that Trump “throws things out there” as bait, to stir things up, to smoke out adversaries or expose hidden agendas.

    He does this constantly.

    He is always saying things to keep his enemies off balance, essentially disinformation, which is certainly frustrating to the rest of us too. But watch what he actually DOES, more than what he *says*.

    What he *says* is always part of the negotiation, part of the deal-making, establishing leverage, etc.

    It’s what he actually DOES that counts.

  • Don Richardson May 3, 2019, 6:32 pm

    Thank you Mr. President. The idea that our government would invite the United Nations soldiers into our country to punish gun owners is pretty scary. When Obama said he wanted to “transform America” and the fools applauded and then voted for him it was a strong indication that we need to teach our children and our friends and neighbors what made this country great. (And it wasn’t Karl Marx or Vladimir Lenin.) If we let our schools keep churning out millions of socialists we are going to see Obama’s philosophy take over the country and next time we will have a more difficult recovery if we recover at all. Wake up folks. Support Trump and help him remove the anti-American leftist from power in our government and in our education system.

    • nathan fryer May 3, 2019, 2:14 pm

      AMEN!!!! Don!….This land was fought for and by many that died for it…and if it weren’t for divine grace of God’s mighty hand through out the ages….I believe we wouldn’t be here enjoying this precious thing called ‘freedom’.
      I agree…The history needs to be shown and taught to our children and continue for generations to come…continuously!…as a reminder…freedom isn’t free!

    • KenO May 3, 2019, 8:58 pm

      I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you don’t know anything about socialism. But, like all your ilk anything that helps the common man is socialism. It’s why the Republicans have been trying to do way with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

      • bison1913 May 3, 2019, 5:20 pm

        Ken0… Have you taken a look a Cuba at least in the past four decades? or have you been locked up? Have you seen Venezuela in these past few years or were you really locked up? I think you need to really wake up.

      • Rob May 4, 2019, 8:11 am

        I’ll go out on a limb and say you’re an imbecile. Quit watching mainstream media.

        • Jeff May 7, 2019, 12:46 pm

          Well I’ll not go out on a limb and just ask what the fuck are you trying to say? What agenda are you backing? Throwing out uneducated “guesses” on what people know, do and believe and calling it “going out on a limb” without saying what the hell you’re actually getting at is just attacking people’s opinions. If you think our current batch of Democrats just want to help the “common man” you sure as hell don’t know what socialism is! More than one of them has called their agendas Socialism PUBLICALY….
          AND these people are the same ones looking for dramatic 2nd Ammendment changes.

  • bill kuhlmann May 3, 2019, 3:50 pm

    I object to the negative implication “BACKS OUT OF”. President Trump did not back out HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT an agreement made by an administration that violated The Constitution and The Bill of Rights of the United states.

  • DeanR May 3, 2019, 11:32 am

    KenO – why don’t you just go where you belong. You activist/agitators just need to go where weak, “group think” fools like you loiter.

  • Bruce House May 3, 2019, 10:41 am

    I’m s glad our president pulled out of that stupid agreement that Obama agreed too! why would we allow a European stile EAU to conduct and over sight our 2nd amendment rights when they object to our constitution? All Obama wanted to do is tread on our rights and turn America into part of a one world order. And to do that you would have to disarm America so we can’t fight for any of our rights. By doing that, it gives them the first step to destroy the rest of our constitutional rights to make us comply with socialism! Over their dead bodies as far as I’m concerned!!! DON’T TREAD ON ME!!!

    • nathan fryer May 3, 2019, 2:29 pm

      You nailed-it Bruce….If we don’t get involved in sensible government management…WE LOOSE!…EVERYTHING!

      That damn witch-hunt investigation cost the US taxpayers $35,000,000.00…..That money could have went to better use.

  • Big John May 3, 2019, 9:53 am

    Trump did not pass the the Hughes Amendment that called for the banning of machine guns. … The bill was subsequently passed and signed on May 19, 1986 by President Ronald Reagan to become Public Law 99-308, the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act.

    Trump did not resign as a Life Member of the NRA as George H.W. Bush did in 1995.

    To date Trump has probably been the most solidly Pro-2nd Amendment President since Teddy Roosevelt.

    Now if the Fat Cats at the NRA could just get their shit together…

    Thank you Mr. President


    • J Gyver May 3, 2019, 1:44 pm

      Except for the bump stock ban and supporting red flag laws. I’m totally with him on this, but he ain’t shiny all over when it comes to the second.

  • BUURGA May 3, 2019, 3:29 am

    Trump is not a stalwart of 2A because he banned some gimmicky stock, and ‘flirted with’ red flag laws? The man is not stupid. He is not going to give the Democrats any ammo by showing no interest in gun safety. He should be judged by what he has done, not what the author thinks he should do.

    • Gramps May 3, 2019, 9:05 am

      “Take the guns first, due process later.” -Trump

    • ES May 3, 2019, 9:17 am

      Exactly. Buurga could have not stated it any better. Don’t give ammo to the one group that wants to completely disarm the American Citizen (Citizen) being the key word.

    • Capn Stefano May 3, 2019, 6:50 pm

      This refutation of an unapproved treaty is just window dressing to cover up the fact that he (with NRA instigation) ordered ATF to commit an unconstitutional act that instantly made 500,000 American gun owners into FEDERAL FELONS. It also laid precident to ban ALL semi autos. Next will be the communist red flag laws which will be responsible for many deaths of innocent gunners turned in by angry exs, girlfriends and anti gun associates

      It’s not even a wash, we are getting screwed and we didn’t even get a reach around

      • jeff May 7, 2019, 1:00 pm

        Are you talking about Bump Stocks? So please elaborate on your ban on semi-auto information. If it is just your opinion why do you think this is the next step Trump will take? If you have factual information on an upcoming semi-auto ban please do share it… I do agree with the NRA complaints, the NRA of today is not my NRA! At the risk of getting chewed out again (I received a personal email during the big scare when Obama was running for President) I’ll say N.A.G.R. has a lot better record, has gun owners rights as their only agenda, is not mired in financial scandals.

  • SuperG May 1, 2019, 10:31 am

    My thanks to President Trump, the best president we’ve had this century! Now if we could get the FBI to brand antifa terrorists, my day would be complete.

    • KenO May 3, 2019, 10:23 am

      So, “Super G” do you mean “Best” President as in “Best” grabber of women’s sex organs? “Best” destroyer of immigrant families? “Best” Liar to hold the oval office? “Best” bone spurs? “Best” stealer of elections? Best banger of porn stars while his wife was having their baby? “Best” crook? “Best” bully? “Best” at cheating his contractors out of their money? “Best” at hiding his Russian money? Now if we could only get D. Trump and Mitch McConnell branded as the threat to our country’s values that they are it would make my day.

      • I Love Liberty May 3, 2019, 10:34 am

        Your conspiracy theories of Russian money are a joke KenO. It’s been proven by a thorough investigation there was no Russian collusion with Donald Trump in our elections.

        And these immigrant families you are defending are illegal immigrants. If they would comply with our immigration laws they would not be afraid of being deported out of the United States. You cannot run across our border without complying with our laws and expect us to receive you with open arms and perhaps welfare checks.

        • KenO May 3, 2019, 1:15 pm

          Why don’t you try reading the report instead of relying on Liar Barr’s incredibly misleading “summary.” There’s a great deal of “Russian” money in the Trumps lives, or don’t you read? The statistics prove, bey0ond a shadow of a doubt, that the largest number of “illegal” immigrants are those that overstay their student/work visa’s. Try reading facts instead of salivating over the Trump Administrations lies.

      • Lejuch May 3, 2019, 11:29 am

        KenO, not sure if Trump is best pussy grabber but his wives seem to be rather attractive women, ILLEGAL immigrant “families” should expect nothing else but to be persecuted, the immigrants are the cause of their plight in the US, not the man in charge of executing the laws of the US, Liar?, i suspect all presidents have colored their statements to one degree or another to suit their agenda, EVERY human being does that. “You can keep your doctor” ring a bell? Legitimate winner of election, why can’t the whining leftists understand that? Not sure on his sexual prowess…do you have an inside track on that? Bully? only a fool doesn’t use power given to further his agenda. Hiding Russian $? Have you read the Mueller report? I’m not sure he is best at the things listed, but he is for certain the best example of an American President we have had in some time. Ken0, remember what your hero Obama said….elections have consequences. Grow up, and quit living in a fantasy of unicorns and rainbows, where everyone smokes a fattie and sings Kumbaya.

        • KenO May 3, 2019, 1:49 pm

          Well he did brag about grabbing women by their genitals, pretty sick and HE thinks he’s good at it. And no we Americans have always, that’s ALWAYS, welcomed immigrants fleeing war zones and Drug cartels. Yeah, he’s charged with executing the laws of the US, however our laws don’t intentionally cause extreme emotionaol distress to children and families, literal torture.
          He lies, he lies so frequently and so absurdly his lawyers won’t let him testify because he can’t help himself. Legitimate? Russian money helped him out in his real estate business and until we get to see his tax returns we don’t know just how much he’s in the tank for the Russions. Russian interference helped him out and without the Electoral college (say, didn’t the E/C give us George W. Shitforbrains as well?). Um, I never made any reference to his “sexual prowess” but since your a republican I guess you can take the same license to twist words as Sarah Huckaliar does. Also I never said Obama was my hero, he was lacking on a number of issues (Guantanimo). Only a fool uses the “Bully” pulpit to demean his opponent, to denigrate the family members of a fallen soldier, to bluster and lie to the American people. Meanwhile I’ve never had any illusions about unicorns and rainbows, Unicorns don’t exist (just like Santa Klaus, the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunnies and Jesus) but if it bolsters your weak ego go ahead.

          • Rob May 4, 2019, 8:21 am

            So, you’re ok with Clinton being a draft dodger and him getting a b.j from another woman while married in the white house?

          • MarkOwen May 6, 2019, 7:44 am

            Another Obama worshiiping festering pustule. Born stupid and losing ground ever since. Trimp is the best thing that happened to the Oval office in generations. Y ou don’t like him? Too bad, going to win in 2020 too. Crybabies still can’t accept the fact he is in office after 2016 just th i nk how upset you’ll be in 2020.

      • Rob May 3, 2019, 12:45 pm

        Despite all the garbage mainstream media tells ya; Pres. Trump is a far superior president then obozo, Clinton, and Bush. Trump-2020.

        • KenO May 3, 2019, 1:50 pm

          The mainstream media has nothing to do with it. Clearly Trump is far inferior to any president we’ve ever had, including the idiot Bush.

          • D Dunbar May 3, 2019, 10:06 pm

            The fact that you think trump “tortures immigrant families” and likely buy into the whole “trump cages children” absurdity leads me to believe that you are basically a quintessential leftist npc. Orange man bad yes?

          • Jeff May 7, 2019, 8:19 pm

            TROLL. Jeez I thought people like you, butthurt that Trump beat Hillary and Socialist Bernie was sacraficed for her agenda, were all employed and no longer sitting in front of your computer TROLLING for attention now that unemployment is under 4%… Look if you need attention that bad jump on Facebook and search for angry Trump rants, You’ll find people who would love to meet you and share their “non-socialist” views on how the government should open the borders, pay for everyone’s health care, protect the children by banning guns, and tell me I dont have the right to THINK thoughts that dont agree with your agendas.

      • Scott May 3, 2019, 2:25 pm


        You’re gonna cry so hard when President Trump drops the hammer on all your Marxist traitor heroes (Strzok, Page, Bruce and Whoa! Nellie Ohr, Samantha Power, John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder, McCabe, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, John Kerry, Ben Rhodes, Sally Yates, Tashina Gauhar, Huma Abedin, Billy and Beelzebub Clinton, the Hussein, shut down all their bogus ‘charity’ slush-funds, and then go after their Puppet Masters. And America is going to love your Leftist tears.

        Give Soros our regards, his multiple indictments should be unsealed any day now.

      • Semper Fi May 3, 2019, 2:27 pm

        Hey KenO! Go crawl back in your hole you liberal jerk! Or go have lunch with feinstein, o’bama, comrade bernie, or a whole other list of your spineless buds. You make me sick!

        Semper Fi!

        • Rob May 4, 2019, 8:17 am


      • bison1913 May 3, 2019, 5:31 pm

        Ken0… It is obviously that you are a Dictating Socialist. And every remark you posted above is true to these traitors. Barrack, Bill, Hilary and so forth. Barrack Husein Obama… divided this country. Sold out the United States of America. Gave billions to the Brother Hood and its affiliate’s. Barrack, Hilary and all the others sold our Uranium to Russia. Bill Clinton was impeached for not just touching but for being a great adulterer.
        Lynch, Comey and so forth should I continue or you pretty much get the logistics of it. Once again… you need to wake up.

    • MikeRoss May 3, 2019, 4:07 pm

      Consider your day complete, the FBI and DHS called Antifa domestic terrorists in 2017.

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