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51 U.S. Senators Voice Concerns Over UN Arms Treaty

51 U.S. Senators Voice Concerns Over UN Arms Treaty

Associated Press
Posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:01 PM
Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 6:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of 51 senators on Thursday threatened to oppose a global treaty regulating international weapons trade if it falls short in protecting Americans' constitutional right to bear arms.

In a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the senators expressed serious concerns with the draft treaty that has circulated at the United Nations, saying that it signals an expansion of gun control that would be unacceptable. Gun control is a politically explosive issue in the U.S., where it has re-emerged since last week's shooting a Colorado cinema killed 12 people.

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