Gun restrictions come to the forefront each time there is a tragedy, such as the Aurora, Colo. incident. However, there is plenty of legislation looming in the background year-round, that tries to beat up on the law-abiding gun owner. The granddaddy of all these bad restrictions has been the UN Small Arms Treaty. While one would think of "small arms" as rifles and handguns, this treaty was written to include everything from tanks on down, and was so far reaching that it included firearms technology, not just the guns themselves. The treaty was in theory, a registration scheme of ALL guns, worldwide. While you might think this a good idea, it included all personally owned firearms, not just military issued weapons.
One thing that this would allow would be all U.S. citizen gun information to be shared with every country, regardless of if they signed the treaty or not. Not a good idea in my eyes. The second major bugaboo with the treaty is that it would give other countries control to usurp our Second Amendment rights guaranteed by our Constitution. I personally don't want China or Syria or Pakistan to be changing the freedoms that we have fought for for over 236 years, do you?
On July 27 of this year, the treaty came to an impasse and the conference broke down, thus a draft treaty would not be reported to member nations. The NRA and National Shooting Sports Foundation were recognized Non-Governmental Organization at the UN and spoke out against the treaty. NRA worked with our allies in the U.S. Congress and Senate and successfully assembled strong bipartisan opposition to any treaty that adversely impacts the Second Amendment. This is a big victory for American gun owners, but the treaty is not dead, just postponed for another year.
In the wake of the Aurora tragedy, dozens of new gun laws are being proposed both on the Federal front and here at home in Albany.