According to the NRA ILA the Obama administration could sign the UN Small arms treaty as early as Monday. This should come as no real surprise, and while I appreciate people’s jealous defense of their liberty, I feel compelled to address this every time it comes up, due to confusion over this issue.
1. All treaties MUST have a resolution approving ratification passed by the 2/3 of the US Senators present to go into effect. The President cannot unilaterally enter a treaty.
2. No treaty can be entered into that violates the US Constitution. This stems from the nature of the Constitution, as a compact made by the people of these United States that explicitly defines the limitations of Federal authority, the Constitution can only be altered or abolished by the American people. Any treaty that contradicts all or part of the Constitution is null and void in passing it the President and Senate voted directly against the very authority that empowered them to enter a treaty in the first place.
This doesn’t mean don’t contact your Senator, but make sure they know they do not have Constitutional power to approve this treaty.
For more good reading on the now popular topic of magazine capacity also read my post “why would anyone need a high capacity rifle or pistol magazine?”