Texas GOP Attorney General Greg Abbott Wednesday threatened to sue the federal government if the Senate ratifies a U.N. arms treaty that the United States signed last week.
"By signing this treaty, the Obama administration has attempted to subject Americans’ right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations," he told the Austin American-Statesman
"The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from the dictates of leaders in other lands."
The treaty is designed to prohibit illicit international arms sales, and Secretary of State John Kerry said it won't govern domestic weapons sales.
But that didn't mollify Abbott, who is running for governor next year, reports Politico
. "We are alarmed that the president’s action today includes 'small arms,' which could draw law-abiding gun owners and gun store operators into a complex web of bureaucratic red tape created by a new department at the UN devoted to overseeing the treaty," he said.
And if the Senate approves the treaty, "Texas stands ready to lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court," Abbot said.
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