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Is now on what is being called a United Nations threat to our constitutional rights but is it.
We have the breaking news yesterday at this hour the UN approving an international arms control treaty.
That treaty contains a provision that restricts small arms which could include handguns among many many other things.
And that has touched off a firestorm of controversy.
The Texas attorney general has declared a red flag alert on this writing a letter to President Obama vowing to -- the administration.
Saying quote -- -- not trump constitutional liberties.
Even if you is the president signed in the senate ratified the UN arms trade treaty our constitution remains a supreme law of the land.
And would supersede any treaty provision that violated Second Amendment Rights.
The Texas attorney general Greg Abbott joins me live now from Boston.
-- -- -- to see you again so let me ask you if that is true and certainly it must be that the US constitution would trump any international treaty that we were.
To -- still have to go through the senate the president.
What's the concern who cares -- -- only side we're gonna abide by our constitution.
Right well that will be concerned -- -- -- going to be back with you but the concern is that we we get to that place.
At all that the concern is.
Did the United States is trying to use the United Nations is a backdoor mechanism.
To try to legislate here in the United States in this instance trying to impose gun control.
And we are reviewing this administration's work with the United Nations as an imminent threat to our liberties.
And we want to lay down this issue up front raised the warning with Americans so we can make sure the first of all the senate.
Votes against ratification of the treaty but secondly.
So we will be prepared to -- litigation -- we have to to make sure that the UN is not going to be regulating firearms in this country.
I have helped me understand where the risk is because -- what the UN says what what the backers of this treaty domestically have said is.
This is about arms control trying to prevent.
Guns from getting into the hands of bad people overseas it doesn't have -- -- do with American gun rights and so they say.
-- you know Greg Abbott is right when it comes to what happens inside the borders of the United States.
The constitution will control this is about preventing stuff.
Bad bad stuff from happening outside of our borders.
What you're raising right now as the real concern may -- and that is that.
And the backers of this the Obama administration going to be selling this on two grounds one of which is what you just laid out the other which is that seven of the eight items to be regulated.
And -- things like tanks and aircraft in carriers and things like that.
Not these small guns and Sosa who's against you know tanks being cracked down on here's the issue -- and that is because.
This -- vaguely worded document allows the United Nations to impose.
Registration requirements regulatory requirements.
Crackdown on transfer of weapons.
Is going to make it so that there is the ability later on after this is passed David is ratified for the UN to have even greater authority.
To regulate -- that are Second Amendment Rights in the United Nations simply cannot be.
Counted on to safeguard.
Our bill of rights here in the United States so it.
There's if this UN treaty directly conflicts.
With the ruling by the US Supreme Court interpreting the second amendments address.
It would be clear that we wouldn't have to abide by the treaty but your point seems to be there may be some gaps there may be some things that the UN tries to control that.
Our law hasn't specifically gotten to yet.
And so it could lead to more gun control here in the United States that the UN would have to oversee.
-- precisely this is a step at a very dangerous direction and that is the argument could be made.
The attorneys made it -- so vaguely there is no specific a violation.
Of a Second Amendment right now or met the second member right right now however.
There could be a violation later on depending upon the way that the United Nations applies and interprets this trading at a future -- so.
Put -- forces -- -- in this general who will if if we here in the United States did run afoul somehow of this treaty.
Would come knocking on our door to say being screwed up under the -- There's now -- secretary it.
Who's now going to be in charge of imposing.
These regulations making sure that everything has complied with so there is this new.
Person and -- agency -- the United Nations is going to be overseeing all this looking -- saying what the United States is doing which of course is another one of the concerns that we have about this law -- are trading.
Yeah they -- -- of the the election when they had the UN was sending you know poll watchers they wanted to -- -- in Texas among other ways and we after -- Exactly -- from the UN is gonna try to tell a Texan that you know.
If he's not allowed -- books in unsatisfied if it raises -- you make -- up.
-- I'm the one who raised the issue about United Nations related.
The poll watchers coming in the Texas going into the polling areas and monitoring what we're doing here we don't need United Nations running Texas elections would only the United Nations.
Safeguarding our second they arise because they cannot be trusted with that.
I got it we'll wait to see whether the White House response to you sir thank you so much for being here again.
Thank you million.
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