President Obama, who supported the handgun ban in Washington, D.C., before it was tossed by the Supreme Court, since his election has watched various proposals to ban “assault” weapons, require handgun owners to submit to mental health evaluations and sparked a rush on ammunition purchases that caused some retailers to name him their salesman of the year. Now he apparently is going after citzens who reload their ammunition.
It was during an official visit earlier this month to Mexico that he affirmed his support for a proposed international treaty that addresses “firearms trafficking.”
According to a blogger who follows the issue, the treaty was adopted by President Clinton years ago but never ratified by the U.S. Senate, a goal Obama now has adopted.
The writer, B.A. Lawson, says, “If you reload your own ammo you may find yourself engaged in ‘Illicit Manufacturing’ of ammunition under an arms control treaty that President Obama started pushing last week in Mexico.”
“Virtually everyone who supports the 2nd Amendment or has an interest in firearms has heard the numerous recent reports of ammunition shortages. The shortages have extended to reloading supplies that many folks rely on to keep their shooting costs down or to assemble exotic or hard to find ammunition. Many shooters have considered reloading their own ammo as insurance against limited supplies should legislation be enacted that would make ammo more scarce or dramatically more expensive,” the blogger continued.
“Those thoughts may be in vain if the current administration is successful in getting the ‘INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST THE ILLICIT MANUFACTURING OF AND TRAFFICKING IN FIREARMS, AMMUNITION, EXPLOSIVES, AND OTHER RELATED MATERIALS’ treaty passed.”
The treaty defines “illicit manufacturing” as “the manufacture or assembly of firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials.”
It then gives authority for that activity only with “a license from a competent governmental authority of the State Party where the manufacture or assembly takes place.”
“The section … clearly identifies ammo reloaders that are not licensed by the government as ‘Illicit Manufacturers’ of ammunition. Now that we have reloaders properly labeled, lets move down to Article IV to see what we should do with them,” the commentary said.
He then quotes Article IV, which states, “State Parties that have not yet done so shall adopt the necessary legislative or other measures to establish as criminal offenses under their domestic law the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, ammunition, explosives, and other related materials.”
“This is pretty straightforward. If you reload ammunition without a license after the treaty is signed you will be a criminal,” Lawson wrote.
The National Rifle Association said the treaty “does include language suggesting that it is not intended to restrict ‘lawful ownership and use’ of firearms. Despite those words, the NRA knows that anti-gun advocates will still try to use this treaty to attack gun ownership in the U.S.”
At the SnowflakesinHell blog, the writer said there’s no mistaking the language.
Even accessories “which can be attached to a firearm” are targeted.
“It would presumably also ban home manufacture of these items without a government license. Do you own trigger jobs? Reload your own ammunition? Not any more, not without a government license!”
The Examiner.com said such international gun restrictions are unacceptable.
John Velleco, director of federal affairs for Gun Owners of America, notes the benefits for Obama of having such rules in treaties, not legislation.
“If ratified and the U.S. is found not to be in compliance with any provisions of the treaty – such as a provision that would outlaw reloading ammunition without a government license – President Obama would be empowered to implement regulations without congressional approval,” he wrote.
“If the kind of ‘change’ that Obama wants is for the United States to take its marching orders from third world countries regarding our gun rights, we’re in big trouble!”