The idea that President Obama is going to take away the right to bear arms comes from a misinformation campaign that started as early as April 2010. This accusation resurfaced in July 2012 with the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. The conference brought representatives of the world’s countries together to discuss standards for international trade of conventional arms. The conference did not reach an agreement on a treaty text. A recent article from Reuters stated that “hours after US President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States back a UN committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty (italics mine) to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade.”(4)
The UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee approved a resolution calling for new talks on the international arms trade treaty on Wednesday--the day after the US election. The vote was supposed to happen earlier but was delayed because of Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent three-day closure of the UN.
The treaty only applies to import-export.(5) The main goal of the treaty is to eliminate the illegal arms trade.