Obama Pushing Treaty To Ban Reloading


Obama Pushing Treaty To Ban Reloading 
— Even BB guns could be on the chopping block 

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 

Remember CANDIDATE Barack Obama?  The guy who “wasn’t going to take away 
our guns”? 

Well, guess what? 

Less than 100 days into his administration, he’s never met a gun he 
didn’t hate. 

A week ago, Obama went to Mexico, whined about the United States, and 
bemoaned (before the whole world) the fact that he didn’t have the 
political power to take away our semi-automatics.  Nevertheless, that 
didn’t keep him from pushing additional restrictions on American gun 

It’s called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing 
of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other 
Related Materials.  To be sure, this imponderable title masks a really 
nasty piece of work. 

First of all, when the treaty purports to ban the “illicit” 
of firearms, what does that mean? 

1. “Illicit manufacturing” of firearms is defined as 
“assembly of 
firearms [or] ammunition… without a license….” 

Hence, reloading ammunition — or putting together a lawful firearm from 
a kit — is clearly “illicit manufacturing.” 

Modifying a firearm in any way would surely be “illicit 
And, while it would be a stretch, assembling a firearm after cleaning it 
could, in any plain reading of the words, come within the screwy 
definition of “illicit manufacturing.” 

2. “Firearm” has a similarly questionable definition. 

“[A]ny other weapon” is a “firearm,” according to 
the treaty — and the 
term “weapon” is nowhere defined. 

So, is a BB gun a “firearm”?  Probably. 

A toy gun?  Possibly. 

A pistol grip or firing pin?  Probably.  And who knows what else. 

If these provisions (and others) become the law of the land, the Obama 
administration could have a heyday in enforcing them.  Consider some of 
the other provisions in the treaty: 

* Banning Reloading.  In Article IV of the treaty, countries commit to 
adopting “necessary legislative or other measures” to criminalize 
illicit manufacturing and trafficking in firearms. 

Remember that “illicit manufacturing” includes reloading and 
or assembling a firearm in any way.  This would mean that the Obama 
administration could promulgate regulations banning reloading on the 
basis of this treaty — just as it is currently circumventing Congress 
to write legislation taxing greenhouse gases. 

* Banning Gun Clubs.  Article IV goes on to state that the criminalized 
acts should include “association or conspiracy” in connection 
with said 
offenses — which is arguably a term broad enough to allow, by 
regulation, the criminalization of entire pro-gun organizations or gun 
clubs, based on the facilities which they provide their membership. 

* Extraditing US Gun Dealers. Article V requires each party to “adopt 
such measures as may be necessary to establish its jurisdiction over the 
offenses it has established in accordance with this Convention” under a 
variety of circumstances. 

We know that Mexico is blaming U.S. gun dealers for the fact that its 
streets are flowing with blood.  And we know it is possible for Mexico 
to define offenses “committed in its territory” in a very 
broad way. 
And we know that we have an extradition obligation under Article XIX of 
the proposed treaty.  So we know that Mexico could try to use the treaty 
to demand to extradition of American gun dealers. 

Under Article XXIX, if Mexico demands the extradition of a lawful 
American gun dealer, the U.S. would be required to resolve the dispute 
through “other means of peaceful settlement.” 

Does anyone want to risk twenty years in a sweltering Mexican jail on 
the proposition that the Obama administration would apply this provision 
in a pro-gun manner? 

* Microstamping.  Article VI requires “appropriate markings” on 
firearms.  And, it is not inconceivable that this provision could be 
used to require microstamping of firearms and/or ammunition — a 
requirement which is clearly intended to impose specifications which are 
not technologically possible or which are possible only at a 
prohibitively expensive cost. 

* Gun Registration.  Article XI requires the maintenance of any records, 
for a “reasonable time,” that the government determines to be 
to trace firearms.  This provision would almost certainly repeal 
portions of McClure-Volkmer and could arguably be used to require a 
national registry or database. 

ACTION:  Write your Senators and urge them to oppose the Inter-American 
Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, 
Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. 

Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at 
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the 
pre-written e-mail message below. 

—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator: 

I am urging you, in the strongest terms, to oppose the Inter-American 
Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, 
Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. 

This anti-gun treaty was written by international bureaucrats who are 
either stupid or virulently anti-gun — or both. 

This treaty could very well ban the ability to reload ammunition, to put 
new stocks on rifles lawfully owned by American citizens, and, possibly, 
even ban BB guns! 

There are too many problems with this treaty to mention them all in this 
letter.  The rest can be read on the website of Gun Owners of America 

Please do not tell me the treaty has not yet been abused in this way by 
the bevy of Third World countries which have signed it.  We do not 
expect the real ramifications of the treaty to become clear until the 
big prize — the U.S. — has stepped into the trap. 

For all of these reasons, I must insist that you oppose ratification of 
the treaty. 


(your name)


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