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Keene: Arms Treaty Is Obama's Final 'Double Down' Assault on 2nd Amendment

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016 02:21 PM

Former NRA president David Keene says President Barack Obama's submission to the Senate last week of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is one final message to gun owners in this country.

"The fact that he set this up last week really is to serve notice on everybody that they intend to double down on their efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights in this country," Keene tells Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live."

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Obama knows it's going to fail — badly — in the Senate, but "decided to give it the old college try," Keene, opinion editor for The Washington Times, also wrote earlier this week.

But just by sending it to the Senate, Obama accomplishes two things, Keene told Malzberg.

"One, it served notice that the president and his party are doubling down in their belief against all the evidence that a tax on the Second Amendment are actually politically helpful," Keene said. "Secondly, a treaty signed and waiting in the Senate has a perpetual lifespan. It can be brought up any time."

The UN general assembly adopted ATT — meant to regulate the world's annual exchange of $70 billion in conventional weaponry — in 2013 but it has languished in the State Department.

Keene highlighted one solution — President-elect Donald Trump could "withdraw the signature" of the U.S. on the treaty.

"The treaty itself and its impact on American gun rights would still be there but it would be far less threatening than it is if it's hanging over us as something that has been signed and could be ratified," Keene told Malzberg.

Keene and Malzberg also discussed whether Hillary Clinton would have been able to confiscate weapons had she won the election. Keene dismissed the feasibility of that.

"There's no question that she would've appointed a Supreme Court majority which would have eviscerated the Second Amendment by reversing the Heller decision," Keene said.

"What that would have meant was that the question of whether Americans could possess firearms was no longer a constitutional right but a policy decision. In order to actually confiscate guns, she would then have to get the Congress to go along with this and a lot of other things which would be unlikely to happen."

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