As part of the Senate’s vote-o-rama, Sen. Jim Inhofe had a vote on the Second Amendment and the United Nations. This took place during the budget process, where any and all amendments can be put up for a vote, and must be voted on. There are also no filibusters when it comes to the budget amendments, which means a simple majority can put in place amendments. Oftentimes, minority members put up politically risky or symbolic votes in order to prove a point or use in an upcoming election. Sen. Inhofe’s amendment read as such,
“The Chairman of the Committee on the Budget of the Senate may revise the allocations of a committee or committees, aggregates, and other appropriate levels in this resolution for one or more bills, joint resolutions, amendments, motions, or conference reports that relate to upholding Second Amendment rights, which shall include preventing the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, by the amounts provided in such legislation for those purposes, provided that such legislation would not increase the deficit or revenues over either the period of the total of fiscal years 2013 through 2018 or the period of the total of fiscal years 2013 through 2023.
The amendment ended up passing on a 53-46 vote. Several Democratic Senators, including Sen. Joe Manchin, voted for the amendment. The NRA ended up releasing a statement praising the amendment and the vote,
“For nearly 20 years, the NRA has fought tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners. That fight has grown more intense lately, as the U.N. and global gun banners have moved to step up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Inhofe, we are one step closer to ensuring the UN will not trample on the freedoms our Founding Fathers guaranteed to us.”