Fox News Promotes Conspiracies About United Nations Arms Trade Treaty and Guns (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Fox News recently promoted debunked conspiracy theories about the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that have circulated on the internet for months (video below), reports MediaMatters.org.

Gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) have long-claimed that the proposed treaty would create a gun registry, override the 2nd Amendment and take away Americans' guns.

In reality, the United Nations is negotiating an international arms trade treaty to regulate the international transfer of guns in an attempt to keep the weapons away from war criminals.  

However, Fox News claimed that "critics in the U.S. fear that this new treaty will create international gun control, and that it will restrict American gun rights."

Fox News then interviewed an unidentified man (pictured) who falsely claimed: "The treaty isn't clearly limited to the international arms trade. There are points in the draft treaty where it seems like it could apply to domestic arms sales and transfers inside the United States."

The United Nations treaty actually says it "reaffirm[s] the sovereign right of any State to regulate and control conventional arms exclusively within its territory, pursuant to its own legal or constitutional systems."

The American Bar Association stated that "the proposed [treaty] is consistent with the Second Amendment."

Source: MediaMatters.org, UN.org, AmericanBar.org