WASHINGTON - Both Illinois U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk refused to join 50 U.S. Senators that signed a letter last week opposing ratification of the United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty. In order for this treaty to be ratified, it would need 60 of the 100 votes in the Senate.
This fall, the Obama administration signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which would effectively undermine Second Amendment rights, place international law on a pedestal above the U.S. Constitution and encourage the creation of a national gun registry.
With 50 senators opposing the effort as indicated in the letter, the proposal will not pass the Senate and the treaty will not become the law of the land in this session. Those signing onto the letter include every Republican senator but Senator Kirk:
Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. John Barrasso, Sen. Mark Begich, Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Jeff Chiesa, Sen. Daniel Coats, Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Mike Crapo, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Mike Enzi, Sen. Deb Fischer, Sen. Jeff Flake, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Kay Hagan, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Dean Heller, Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. James Inhofe, Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. Mike Johanns, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Mike Lee, Sen. Joe Manchin III, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Jerry Moran, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Mark Pryor, Sen. James Risch, Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Pat Toomey, Sen. David Vittor, Sen. Roger Wicker