United Nations Arms Treaty Impacts to Americas Homeland Security

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If the U.S. refuses to implement this data collection on law-abiding American gun owners, other nations might be required to ban the export of firearms to the U.S” (Heritage, 2013).
The ATT also imposes intrusive record keeping and reporting provisions by requiring nations to “maintain records of all imports and shipments of arms that transit their territory” and notes that these records may contain information about the type of arms transferred and their “end users “ (UN ATT, 2013). This information must be reported to the treaty’s international Implementation Support Unit
Treaty Impacts to United States Homeland Security U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. ATT in September 2013, while a large bipartisan majority of the
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This signed amendment bans the use of funds by the Department of Defense to implement the ATT unless the treaty receives the advice and consent of the Senate and is the subject of implementing legislation.
As ATT proponents collectively demonstrate an open threat to U.S. foreign and domestic policy to criticize the United States (:
▪ On October 3, 2013, Vann Van Diepen, principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. State Department, argued that it is incumbent upon treaty signatories to take measures not specifically required by the treaty in order to “help achieve its ideals.” Although, Van Diepen stated this argument did not apply to the U.S., it is clear by the ATT language that the U.S. is obliged to take actions to achieve newly invented ideals that are purportedly implied by the treaty (Heritage, 2013).
▪ On October 18, ATT advocates publicized their pro-treaty assertions through the New York Times, criticizing the U.S. for undermining ATT efforts as it prohibits the U.S. from controlling its own export control system (Heritage, 2013).
▪ On October 23, Óscar Arias Sanchez, the former president of Costa Rica and a long-time ATT advocate, accused treaty critics and the U.S. of “waiting for someone else to make the first move” in regulating the arms trade. Sanchez did not

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