False claim that US is joining international gun registry

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Application: The United States is set to ratify a treaty that would establish a global gun registry

A post on Facebook announced that President Joe Biden recently decided to add the United States as a signatory to the United Nations treaty that seeks to establish an international gun registry.

“Joe Biden just announced that he is adding the US as a signatory to the UN Small Arms Treaty, setting the stage for full ratification in the US Senate,” read part of the August 29 announcement.

The post goes on to claim the treaty “will establish global gun control, allowing China, European socialists, and 3rd World dictators to track the ‘end user’ of every gun, rifle, and gun sold in the world.”

The post was shared more than 8,000 times in two months.

But the claim is false. The United States is not scheduled to join any such treaty, according to the Justice Department. Experts have said that the Arms Trade Treaty, which appears to be the agreement mentioned in the report, will not establish a global gun registry.

USA today contacted the user who posted the message.

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The United States is not a party to the treaty, according to the Department of Labor

There is no announcement about US participation in the international arms treaty on the White House website, and today the US does not see any evidence that there is a “UN Small Arms Treaty” in existence.

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The publication appears to refer to the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which was approved by the UN General Assembly in April 2013 and was published in December 2014. The treaty seeks to regulate trade across world of weapons stockpiles, according to the UN website.

“There is no UN Treaty on Small Arms,” ​​said a State Department spokesperson in an email to USA Today. “The Arms Trade Treaty, which was negotiated at the UN and entered into force in 2014, includes small arms and light weapons, but it also includes heavy weapons such as tanks, vehicles armored fighters, artillery, fighter jets, attack helicopters, warships, and missiles and missile launchers.”

Former Secretary of State John Kerry signed the agreement on behalf of the Obama administration in 2013, but the Senate never approved it. In 2019, President Donald Trump sent a notice to withdraw the US from the treaty. The report said that the US has no obligation to comply with the treaty’s provisions.

The Department of Defense said that the Biden administration is continuing to work toward the completion of a new military reform policy for the United States and that when this policy is completed, ” The United States intends to turn to other arms transfers, including considering the relationship of the United States to (Arms Trade Treaty).

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Treaty tracking arms deals between nations, not people

However, the arms treaty does not create an international arms registry.

Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty file reports on international arms sales that can be accessed by participating governments. However, the annual report only includes information such as the number and type of arms shipped and which countries sent and received them, not which individuals own them. , according to Rachel Stohl, vice president and director of Defense Policy at the Stimson Center, an international security think tank.

The information provided by the parties to the treaty can be a little more detailed than the countries that have already submitted to the UN’s Register of Conventional Arms, a voluntary reporting system that began in 1993 with the similar goals, Stohl said. Both reporting systems track what is broadly defined as modern technology, such as guns, rockets, rockets and tanks.

The Arms Trade Treaty contains a statement recognizing “the right of a State to control and control conventional arms within its territory, in accordance with its own laws or regulations.” Stohl, who helped draft the treaty as a consultant to the U.N., said the language specifically included consideration of the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Law.

“That line includes America,” he said.

Creating a federal gun registry has been banned in the United States since the Gun Owners Protection Act was signed into law in 1986.

The claim has also been dismissed by The Associated Press and PolitiFact.

Our measure: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that the United States is set to agree to a treaty that would establish a global gun registry. The United States is not set to ratify any such treaty, according to the State Department. The agreements mentioned in the report track the cross-border sales of various weapons products between countries; It’s not common that people end up with weapons.

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Our verified data:

  • Rachel Stohl, Sept. 27-Oct. 17, Telephone conversation and email exchange with USA TODAY
  • US Department of State, September 23, Email message
  • Library of Congress, accessed October 17, Statement of Members Protecting Rights
  • United Nations Treaty Collection, accessed October 17, Text of Arms Trade Treaty
  • United Nations Registry of Conventional Arms, accessed October 17, Statistics Cooperation
  • United Nations Registry of Conventional Arms, accessed October 17, Category of Major Arms
  • United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, entered into the October 17, Arms Trade Treaty
  • Whitehouse.gov, December 9, 2016, Message to the Senate – Arms Trade Treaty
  • Associated Press, September 21, Ad misleads on treaty regulating global arms trade
  • PolitiFact, August 10, 2012, Broun: UN treaty will lead to global gun ban
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Today, September 25, 2013, the United States signed an agreement to control the international arms trade.
  • Indianapolis Star, April 26, 2019, Trump withdraws the US course on the Arms Trade Treaty during a speech at the NRA in Indianapolis

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