UN Arms Treaty on Hold After Talks Unravel

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A United Nations treaty meant to regulate international arms trade is on hold after member states failed to reach an agreement.

The United States had several concerns about the proposed treaty. Many critics worried that the treaty would interfere with the rights of U.S. gun owners under the Second Amendment.

Friday's deadline was missed because the United States said it needed more time to review the agreement, followed by Russia and China.

The treaty is meant to limit international weapons trafficking. Among other things, it would require all countries to establish national regulations to control the transfer of arms and regulate arms brokers.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement Friday evening that the United States supports a second round of negotiations next year.

The United Nations may begin talks on the treaty again next month.

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