The Obama administration has decided it will sign a new U.N. treaty on arms regulation despite resistance from members of Congress who are concerned the new resolution will lead to stricter gun control in the United States.
Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement on Monday saying the United States "welcomes" the next phase of the treaty.
"We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily," Kerry said.
He called the treaty "an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists and contributes to violations of human rights."
Countries that accept the treaty would be required to establish regulations for transferring conventional weapons and arms components and to control arms dealers. The treaty will not control the use of weapons in any country, but gun-rights advocates are concerned it will lead to further gun regulation.
In total, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to President Barack Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the treaty.
"As your review of the treaty continues, we strongly encourage your administration to recognize its textual, inherent and procedural flaws, to uphold our country's constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership and to defend the sovereignty of the United States, and thus to decide not to sign this treaty," the lawmakers wrote.
A two-thirds majority of Senate members would be needed to ratify the treaty, so it appears as if the chance of adoption by the United States is slim, Fox News reported.
The Control Arms Coalition said it expects many of the world's top weapon makers, including Britain, Germany and France, to sign the treaty. The CAC said the United States is expected to sign later this year. The group claims the treaty is designed "to protect millions living in daily fear of armed violence and at risk of rape, assault, displacement and death,” and "history will be made" when it is signed.