Why The US Could Eventually “Unsign” the Arms Trade Treaty


Author:  Jeff Moran


The short paper below explains why the United States could eventually “unsign” the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  Its explores sources of enduring if not increasing American opposition to this treaty and highlights the linkages to the the UN’s small arms control process machinery in particular.  The paper builds upon prior research by the same author and calls further attention to the UN’s inter-agency International Small Arms Control Standards project as a example of interrelated transnational gun-control policy.

The paper starts with views of recognized advocates for the ATT within the UN arms control and disarmament community.  It also highlights  reasons why the ATT is and will continue to viewed as a threat to not just the firearms industry industry, but to gun-owning civil society, small arms collectors, and sportsman (even if the ATT is never ratified by the United States).

The paper is 9 pages and touches upon the following themes:

– The ATT and the Future of Small Arms Control
– The Link to Transnational Gun Control
– The Basis for American Stakeholder Concern
– The Future UN Small Arms Control and Disarmament Agenda

The author uses public statements and independently researched news within the UN’s small arms process to posit that if the ATT is a gateway for transnational small arms control and disarmament, and that small arms related problems really do have less to do with inadequate international transfer controls and more to do with controlling small arms already within State territories (as UN experts now openly admit), the United States may eventually unsign the treaty, as was previously done with the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 2002.

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First Published: 24 July 2013

Last Updated: 1 September 2014


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