Kerry signs U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, says won’t harm U.S. rights

The United States signed a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty regulating the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms on Wednesday and the Obama administration sought to allay the fears of the powerful U.S. gun lobby which says the pact will violate the constitutional rights of Americans.

By Michelle Nichols

Article ReprintU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a luncheon in New York

The treaty, which relates only to cross-border trade and aims to keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals, still requires ratification by the U.S. Senate and has been attacked by the influential gun rights group the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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