A Kansas senator has introduced a bill to protect the rights of American gun owners from the potential effects of a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.

During an October 2009 meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, the Obama administration voted for the United States to take part in negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty, which was a reversal of the previous administration’s position.

The treaty is supposedly intended to establish “common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms,” including tanks, helicopters and missiles. But during a recent speech on the Senate floor, Kansas Republican Jerry Moran expressed concerns that the treaty would restrict the lawful private ownership of firearms in the U.S.