UPDATED 1:18 PM PT – Friday, April 26, 2019
President Trump announced America’s withdrawal from a UN arms treaty, during his visit to the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention. While speaking in Indianapolis Friday, the president said he was proud to announce another step taken by his administration to protect the Second Amendment.
The United National Arms Trade Treaty was signed in 2013 by former President Obama, and aimed to regulate conventional arms trade.
President Trump noted the treaty still hadn’t been ratified, sending a message to the Senate to end the ratification process.
“And we believe in the right to self defense, and the right to protect your family, your community and your loved ones,” stated the president. “We believe in the wisdom of our founders, and we believe in the freedom of liberty and the right to keep and bear arms.”
He also spoke about the critical steps taken to improve school safety, noting about 30 states now allow trained teachers to carry firearms in classrooms.
President Trump said through grants, schools and police departments now have additional funding to hire more officers, train more teachers and identify more warning signs to keep America’s students safe.