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H.R. 5846 (112th): Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012


The text of the bill below is as of May 18, 2012 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5846

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 18, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Rehberg) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

A BILL

To prohibit funding to negotiate a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that restricts the Second Amendment rights of United States citizens.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Second Amendment Sovereignty Act of 2012.

2.

Findings; sense of Congress

(a)

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

In October 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the United States support and participation in negotiating the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, to be finalized in 2012, signaling a shift in United States policy.

(2)

An Arms Trade Treaty that regulates the domestic manufacturer, possession, or purchase of civilian firearms and ammunition would infringe on the rights of United States citizens protected under the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the sovereignty of the United States and the constitutionally protected freedoms of American gun owners must be upheld and not be undermined by the Arms Trade Treaty.

3.

Prohibition on funding

No funds may be obligated or expended to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States, in connection with negotiations for a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, to restrict in any way the rights of United States citizens under the second amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or to otherwise regulate domestic manufacture, assembly, possession, use, transfer, or purchase of firearms, ammunition, or related items, including small arms, light weapons, or related materials.