FAIRFAX, VA – Congressman Denny Rehberg’s (Mont.) amendment to restrict the use of federal funds for advocating or lobbying for a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has passed the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations by a bi-partisan vote of 30 to 20.
The amendment mandates that no taxpayer funds may be used to negotiate a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that would restrict the Second Amendment rights of any United States citizen or regulate firearms or ammunition.
“Taxpayer funds should not be used to lobby against our constitutional rights. Law-abiding Americans have the right to keep and bear arms," said Chris W. Cox, executive director for NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "The scope of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty could drastically undermine this constitutional right.
"The NRA firmly believes that the U.N. should never be allowed to be the arbiter of American freedom. The NRA would like to thank Congressman Rehberg for his leadership and for offering this vital amendment in support of the Second Amendment.”