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Dear Mr. Snyder:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the United Nations Small Arms
Treaty. I appreciate your thoughts and the opportunity to respond.
As you are aware, the Obama administration and Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton support the drafting of a U.N. Small Arms Treaty that
is designed to curb hostilities in areas of the world experiencing
political instability. Supporters of this treaty believe that an
international effort to reduce small arms will help achieve this goal.
Under former President George W. Bush's administration, the United
States was the only nation to oppose a 2006 resolution to create an
international treaty on the sale of small arms and light weapons. In
2011, I joined 44 of my Senate colleagues in sending a letter to
President Obama and Secretary Clinton stating my opposition to this
treaty since I believe it violates our Second Amendment rights.
While I believe it is important to reduce the availability of small
arms to terrorist organizations and groups that undermine regional
political instability, I would never support any international
agreement that would undermine the Second Amendment rights of American
citizens in any way. If the Senate considers ratification of a U.N.
Small Arms Treaty, I will seek to address these concerns. In the
meantime, as a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I
will continue to explore ways to reduce international violence without
making the United States party to any agreement that would undermine
our own Constitution.
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