Arms Trade Treaty
The Arms Trade Treaty is the first global accord to regulate nearly all conventional weapons, requiring states to consider multiple criteria in making arms transfer decisions. It entered into force on December 24, 2014, and today has 105 states parties and 32 signatories. The United States signed the treaty on September 25, 2013, but has not ratified it. On April 26, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump made the controversial decision to "un-sign' the treaty, withdrawing it from Senate consideration, based on arguments that it infringed upon the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Speech at the United Nations General Assembly, September 24, 2019
“There is no circumstance under which the United States will allow international actors to trample on the rights of our citizens, including the right to self-defense. That is why this year I announced that we will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which would threaten the liberties of law-abiding American citizens. The United States will always uphold our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We will always uphold our Second Amendment.”
Speech at NRA/ILA Leadership Forum, April 26, 2019
"Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom. And that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty."
The candidate is expected to support U.S. ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty. In 2013, she opposed a Senate resolution prohibiting the U.S. from entering the treaty. Additionally, her efforts to combat the influence of defense contractors in government suggest support for greater responsibility in the arms trade.
Speech at American University, November 29, 2018
"More-of-everything is great for defense contractors – but it’s a poor replacement for a real strategy. We need to be smarter and faster than those who wish to do us harm. We need to tap our creativity to anticipate and evaluate both risks and responses. And we need to better weigh the long-term costs and benefits of military intervention. That’s how we’ll keep Americans safe.
Finally, a foreign policy that works for all Americans must recognize that America can project power abroad only if we are strong and secure at home."
The candidate explicitly supports U.S. ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty. His statements to this regard follow a record of support for the treaty in the Senate, including a 2013 vote against an amendment prohibiting adoption of it.
Response to Amnesty International questionnaire, June 2019
"The Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty is dangerous and irresponsible. We must strengthen these treaties, not end them."