US gun lobby

United Nation Approved New Debate on Arm Treaty opposed by U.S. Gun Lobby

by  |  published on December 28, 2012

The U.N. General Assembly on 24 December 2012 voted overpoweringly to restart negotiations on a draft international treaty to regulate the 70 billion dollar global trade in conventional arms, a pact the powerful U.S. National Rifle Association has been lobbying hard against.

U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that earlier in July 2012 talks collapsed largely because U.S. President Barack Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney before the 6 November 2012 election if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, charge U.S. officials have denied.

But after Obama’s re-election in November 2012, his administration joined other members of a U.N. committee in supporting the resumption of negotiations on the treaty.

On 24 December 2012 the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly voted to hold a final round of negotiations on March 18-28 in New York.

The foreign ministers of Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Kenya and the United Kingdom – the countries that drafted the resolution – issued a joint statement welcoming the decision to resume negotiations on the pact.

There were 133 votes in favour, none against and 17 abstentions. A number of countries did not attend, which U.N. diplomats said was due to the Christmas Eve holiday.

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