From the NRA: President Obama Announces Support for Firearms Treaty Friday, April 17, 2009 During an official visit to Mexico on April 16, President Obama announced his support for Senate ratification of an inter-American treaty on firearms trafficking. In response, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox issued the following statement: "The NRA is well aware of the proposed Organization of American States treaty on firearms trafficking, known by its Spanish initials as CIFTA. The NRA monitored the development of this treaty from its earliest days, but contrary to news reports today, the NRA did not 'participate' at the meeting where the treaty was approved. "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. Therefore, the NRA will continue to vigorously oppose any international effort to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners." Find this item at: http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=4780 ------------------------------------------------- From Stephen P. Wenger, KE7QBY http://www.spw-duf.info Hidden in the Treaty: Having backed off - for now - from the politically difficult push for a ban of so-called "assault weapons," President Obama hopes to assuage Mexican President Felipe Calderón's disappointment with a promise to push the Senate to ratify the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and other Related Materials, a treaty signed in 1997, but never ratified in the U.S… I can only assume that this would mandate that anyone who reloads ammunition to save money (and rather a lot of it, given today's ammo prices) acquire a government issued license to do so. What about people who purchase incomplete firearms frames, treated under current U.S. law as inert hunks of metal, and complete the firearm themselves? Would that now require licensing? It certainly seems so. Unacceptable. The larger issue, of course, is that suddenly that which shall not be infringed would become subject to international regulation, and as restrictive as gun laws in the U.S. have become, they're still not draconian enough for the tastes of much of the rest of the world. That's their problem, and it needs to remain their problem. http://www.examiner.com/x-2581-St-L...-Senate-must-reject-InterAmerican-Arms-Treaty Related Commentary: http://www.examiner.com/x-1417-Gun-...-foreign-powers-to-enact-domestic-gun-control ------------------------------------------------- Mexico's problems are their own...not an excuse for "our government" to disarm us... Start writing ALL your elected officials today, local, state, and federal including the president. You can get all their Email addresses from the NRA's site. Tell them that you vehemently oppose the treaty and any infringements on our 2nd Amendment rights...and sign it.