Gosar’s position on the U.N. Small Arms Treaty
A colleague received this from Representative Paul Gosar. It shows that Rep. Gosar has a strong, unequivocal pro-rights position.
Thank you for contacting me about the Small Arms Treaty currently being considered in the United Nations (U.N.). I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Please know I oppose any treaty that would violate Constitutional rights.
I am strong supporter of the Second Amendment and have consistently stood up for the rights of gun owners. I am also strongly opposed to the U.N. taking any action that infringes on American sovereignty. The concepts involved in the so-called Small Arms Treaty are both contrary to our Second Amendment values and violate American sovereignty. For these reasons, I vigorously oppose the Small Arms Treaty.
Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has stated it would support the U.N. Small Arms Treaty under some circumstances. I hope that no such circumstance presents itself, because far too much in the treaty is beyond repair. You may be pleased to know that the U.N. negotiations on the Small Arms Treaty are at a standstill as many member nations cannot agree—but because Secretary Clinton’s office has publicly stated that it wants the U.S. to continue talks, I will continue to be vigilant in fighting against U.S. participation in this treaty.
I am also encouraged by the fact that even if the Obama Administration were to support the treaty fully, several obstacles prevent the Obama Administration from binding the U.S. to this treaty. First, the Constitution requires any treaty signed by the executive to be ratified by the Senate. Currently, 58 senators have signaled their opposition, far more than the 34 that would be necessary to block the treaty. Furthermore, the Supreme Court has held that treaties which are not consistent with Constitutional rights are superseded by the Constitution. This was the prominent view prior to this case and the Court has consistently upheld this principle ever since.
Finally, while the House of Representatives has no formal role in ratifying treaties, I believe so strongly in assuring our Second Amendment rights against the U.N.’s actions that have signed on as a cosponsor to H.R. 3594, the “Second Amendment Protection Act.” This bill expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. should not adopt any treaty that poses a threat to national sovereignty or abridges the rights guaranteed by the Constitution—such as the right to bear arms—and prohibits funding from going to the U.N. if it takes any action to violate Second Amendment rights. I have also written to President Obama and Secretary Clinton urging them not to adopt the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, now or in the future.
Again, I appreciate your thoughts and concerns. It is a pleasure to serve Arizona as part of its Congressional Delegation. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if ever I may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. To receive the latest legislative updates and news you can sign up for my e-newsletter by visiting my website at www.gosar.house.gov.
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.
Member of Congress