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March 24, 2015

Inhofe Fights to Protect 2nd Amendment Rights in Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the following four amendments today to the Senate Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2016 to help protect and preserve the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens:

Amendment 382 would prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from seeking to ban popular forms of ammunition used for sporting purposes as currently allowed under the Law Enforcement Officers Protection Act.

"Congress has spoken time and again on its intent to protect Americans’ Second Amendment rights, but the Obama Administration is responding by going around Congress through regulations. This amendment would protect popular ammunition used for sporting purposes from being banned under the current administration," Inhofe said. 

Amendment 383 would continue the prohibition regarding the establishment of a national firearms registry.

“Currently, a national gun registry is prohibited under federal law, and that’s how it should remain. There is a reason such a registry is outlawed as it has the potential to be misused by the federal government for suppressing Americans' Second Amendment rights,” Inhofe said. 

Amendment 384 would prevent federal agencies from targeting law-abiding firearms dealers through the businesses' bank accounts.

“Firearm dealers across the nation have reported efforts by banks to close their accounts due to pressure being placed by the Department of Justice. This shows once again the Obama Administrations overreach and intimidation tactics as they target businesses who participate in completely legal firearm sales. My amendment would protect law-abiding firearms dealers’ from being financially targeted by federal agencies,” Inhofe said. 

Amendment 385, cosponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), would prevent taxpayer funding towards the implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (UNATT), or any other international organization established to implement the UNATT, before Senate ratification and implementing legislation from both the House and Senate. UNATT is now in force since over 50 countries have ratified the treaty. A secretariat of the UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty oversees the practical and logistical arrangements related to the work of the Conference. In discussions of providing funding to the Secretariat, many nations supported the idea that all signatory countries contribute, of which the United States is one. This would require the U.S. to contribute 22 percent of the funding- in line with their contribution level to the UN as a whole.

“The UN Arms Trade Treaty is an ambiguous treaty which does nothing to guarantee the protection of personal gun ownership and could potentially interfere with our ability to help our allies. Senator Moran and I have shown that the Senate will not ratify this treaty and therefore, the United States should not be on the hook to fund its implementation,” Inhofe said. 

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