Earlier I posted Senator Blunt’s response so here is McClaskill’s
November 28, 2012
Dear Mr. Lefler,
Thank you for contacting me regarding gun ownership and the proposed United Nations
Arms Trade Treaty. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to
Because of concerns that, under current international rules, small arms traded
internationally could fall into the hands of terrorists or rogue regimes who wish to
harm the United States, in October, 2009, U.S. officials expressed support for the
idea of pursuing an international small arms trade treaty. It was suggested that
such an international treaty could be modeled after U.S. export controls for arms
transfers and further call for regulations similar or the same as those already used
by the United States, thereby not interrupting any current gun laws in the United
States. There is, however, currently no treaty in place or agreed to and a draft
has not been developed.
Nonetheless, in light of concerns about the development of such a treaty, I joined
with Senator John Tester of Montana and a dozen of my colleagues in writing to
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the prospect of an arms
trade treaty. The letter, while supportive of the goal of keeping arms out of the
hands of terrorists, criminals, and rogue states, makes clear that I will not
support any treaty that jeopardizes American sovereignty or our Constitutional right
of gun ownership. I have attached a copy of the letter for you to review.
As you know, the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees Americans the
fundamental right to bear arms. I strongly support legal and safe gun ownership by
law-abiding citizens and have consistently voted to uphold this constitutional
right. For example, I have voted to permit residents of the District of Columbia
to own and purchase firearms, and I supported an amendment to a spending bill that
would prevent funding for any international organization that requires the
registration of firearms or places a tax on any firearm owned by a United States
Citizen. This would include any efforts by the United Nations. In short, I will
not support international efforts that infringe on Americans’ Second Amendment
Please know that I will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all
Missourians, as well as preserve the hunting and sportsmanship culture of Missouri.
Again, thank you for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the
future if I can be of further assistance to you on this or any other issue.
United States Senator
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