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Government representatives from around the world met in March at the United Nations to finalize a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) – a treaty that seeks to establish common international standards for the import, export and retransfer of conventional arms. On June 3, countries began to formally sign the treaty. The U.S. government announced it will sign the treaty “as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily.” U.S. Senate ratification of the treaty remains unlikely for the foreseeable future. This is due in part to concerns expressed by Second Amendment advocates about treaty language related to hand guns and small arms.
Since ATT negotiations began in 2009 AIA has closely monitored the development of this treaty. We support the treaty’s fundamental aim of promoting global stability as well as transparent and universal application of standards for international arms trade. AIA has also made clear our position that the ATT should be carefully developed to avoid unintended consequences for legitimate international defense trade. We’ve emphasized in communications with government officials that no treaty should interfere with the Administration’s ongoing Export Control Reform initiative.
AIA has teamed with the National Association of Manufactures and the National Defense Industrial Association to write the State Department with industry’s views about specific aspects of the treaty language and asking for clarifications as necessary. The letter commented on provisions regarding record keeping, brokering and information sharing found in the ATT. To obtain a copy of the joint letter please contact PJ Hart, pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org.
AIA source: pj.hart[at]aia-aerospace.org