Pro-Gun Congress Members Respond to DOS’s Disastrous Gunsmith “Guidance”

Pro-Gun Congress Members Respond to State Department’s Disastrous Manufacturing “Guidance”

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Pro-Gun Congress Members Respond to DOS’s Disastrous Gunsmith “Guidance”
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- Last week, pro-gun members of Congress responded to the Obama administration’s attempt at backdoor gun control through the U.S. State Department (DOS) with strongly worded letters demanding corrective action.

In July, we reported on an ill-advised attempt by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls of DOS (DDTC) to “clarify” who is a regulated firearms “manufacturer” for purposes of the Arms Export Control Act and its implementing rules, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

As we noted in that report, DDTC’s “guidance” document creates far more confusion than clarity and threatens to chill lawful behavior and put small commercial gunsmiths who cannot afford ITAR’s heavy compliance costs out of business.

DDTC’s move is all the more egregious, considering the fact that the Obama Administration has for years pledged to remove most firearms and ammunition from ITAR’s scope, in favor of the more business-friendly jurisdiction of the Commerce Department.

This so-called Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative was originally aimed at “building higher walls around a smaller yard” by strengthening controls on America’s most sophisticated defense technologies, while reducing unnecessary restrictions and regulations on less sensitive items.

Firearms and ammunition – among the most common and least sophisticated defense technologies and technologies with obvious and legitimate markets in the private sector – were supposed to be the first categories to be moved over from DDTC’s jurisdiction to that of the Commerce Department.

But because of President Obama’s antigun politics, they remain among the last of the “munitions” categories to be amended.

Meanwhile, as DDTC’s ECR website notes, the agency has already reviewed such categories as “Toxological Agents,” “Spacecraft and Related Articles,” and “Directed Energy Weapons.” For DDTC to suggest firearms and ammunition already present in tens of millions of American homes are somehow more militarily sensitive than those items is absurd on its face.

To make matters worse, DDTC has been building the “higher walls” on ITAR’s remaining items, meaning that the firearms and ammunition that remain under ITAR’s control will be even more stringently regulated than in the past.

Fortunately, pro-gun members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are aware of the problems and sent Secretary of State John Kerry strongly-worded letters this week expressing their concerns and urging DDTC to complete the process of Export Control Reform. Dozens of senators and well over one hundred representatives signed onto the letters.

According to the letters, “the last thing [the affected small businesses] need is an edict from the federal government imposing crippling fees and requirements which are wholly unnecessary and nonsensical.” They also ask for a specific date by which the administration will finish the process of Export Control Reform.

In the meantime, NRA is working with industry representatives on corrective legislation, should DDTC prove nonresponsive.

We thank U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) for their leadership in this critical effort.

Stayed tuned for further updates on this developing situation.

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Rob Martinez
Rob Martinez
5 years ago

This is just the tip, wait until they start regulating the UN Arms Treaty a/k/a: UNODA, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF DISARMAMENT AFFAIRS (https://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/att/). When Hillary gets in the blue helmets will be going door to door, boot stomping like they did after Katrina confiscating weapons by any means necessary, for your protection of course.

John Hauserman
John Hauserman
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martinez

I was born with my rights and if or when they come to my door I’m willing to to die fighting for them.
End of discussion.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  John Hauserman

Hauserman, With all due respect waiting until “they” come to your door then making a fight is not much of a plan. I am sure that if you put your mind to it, you can come up with a better plan that does not include giving you opponents the advantage of surprise, surrounding you, picking the time at their convenience, getting your house shot up and loosing the fight. I think that we should all think up a better plan A based upon our abilities, logistics, and native cunning.

Rob Martinez
Rob Martinez
5 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

The plan needs to start now by making sure that YOU, your friends, and family make it out to the polls on November 8th. Every vote is going to count now more then ever since registered democrats not only outnumber republicans, but the democrats plan is to register felons and illegals via their children to overwhelm the voting polls. BTW: You should really read the UNODA, UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF DISARMAMENT AFFAIRS page, it discusses mandatory small arms registration among member states, which includes the U.S. This isn’t a test, it is already mandated and happening in other countries; will… Read more »

John Hauserman
John Hauserman
5 years ago
Reply to  Rob Martinez

Way ahead of you I’m very active at least in a political sense answering action alerts from NRA-ILA, GOoA, JPFO, FPC and more.
And letters to Reps and Senators Fed and State. I’m a great big pain in the anti’s A$$. At least two to three hours a day. The at the door thing is last ditch only.

Janek
Janek
5 years ago

Maybe they should ‘guide’ their ‘Guidance’ to where the sun don’t shine?

Thom Paine
Thom Paine
5 years ago

The only appropriate ‘response’ from Congress at this point would be handcuffs.