Note: This update contains new information.
Breitbart.com reported Friday that President Barack Obama will sign the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Monday, but there are some doubts now being raised by other sources that no decision has been made.
Monday is the first day the document will be open for signing. If the president does ink the ATT, it will begin a week that ends with Friday’s deadline for public comment on proposed rulemaking regarding changes in the information that will be added to the National Instant Check System (NICS) in an effort to prevent mentally ill or incompetent people from legally buying guns.
The Breitbart report, from AWR Hawkins, did not provide attribution.
UPDATE: A letter to Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry bearing the signatures of 130 members of Congress urges the president not to sign the treaty. Only one member of the Washington delegation, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-4th District) and one member of the Oregon delegation, Rep. Greg Walden (R-2nd District), signed the letter, which is found on Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s (R-36th District) website.
The ATT was passed on April 2 by the UN General assembly with support from the Obama administration. However, its chances of ratification by the U.S. Senate remain in doubt, thanks largely to Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, who championed an amendment that opposes the treaty. Earlier efforts launched with the help of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms were designed to throw other roadblocks in the way.
Breitbart’s report noted that even with the president’s signature on the ATT, whenever that might come, “it is not enforceable in the U.S. until the Senate ratifies it by a two-thirds majority.”
President Obama’s push for the ATT began hours after his re-election was confirmed last November. CCRKBA’s sister organization, the Second Amendment Foundation, quickly alerted gun owners about the UN’s re-kindled push on the global gun control measure.
Meanwhile, gun owners have until June 7 to comment on the proposed NICS changes, which many activists believe represent another facet of the Obama administration’s campaign against gun owners. According to the on-line notice, these proposed changes are aimed at disqualifying people “who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution; found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity; or otherwise have been determined, through a formal adjudication process, to have a severe mental condition that results in the individuals presenting a danger to themselves or others or being incapable of managing their own affairs.”
According to the website, comments may be submitted in the following ways:
Written comments may be submitted through any of the methods specified below. Please do not submit duplicate comments, the website says.
- Federal eRulemaking Portal: You may submit electronic comments at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting electronic comments. Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.
- Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail: You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Attention: HIPAA Privacy Rule and NICS, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201.
- Hand Delivery or Courier: If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office for Civil Rights, Attention: HIPAA Privacy Rule and NICS, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building.)