(July 27, 2012) The UN International Arms Trade Treaty Conference (ATT) is wrapping up in New York and their final draft is completed .
In 2009, Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, proudly announced that the Obama administration was in full support of the ATT. It was the intention of the US government to assist the UN in implementing and establishing "common international standards for the import, export, and transfer of conventional arms to help prevent the acquisition of arms by terrorists, criminals, and those who violate human rights or are subject to UN arms embargoes."
Clinton stated that "the United States is prepared to work hard for a strong international standard" concerning global gun control. "The United States is committed to actively pursuing a strong and robust treaty that contains the highest possible, legally binding standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons."
In 2010, the US began talks with the UN regarding the initial drafting of the ATT.