What General Petraeus As SOS Would Mean For Gun Owners

Former CIA director David Petraeus
Former CIA director David Petraeus
Firearms Policy Coalition
Firearms Policy Coalition

USA -(Ammoland.com)- Dear Gun Rights Supporter,

What would the nomination of retired Gen. David Petraeus as Secretary of State mean for gun owners?

First, it’s more than a little ironic that Trump would even consider someone convicted of mishandling classified information for the role after he hammered Hillary Clinton for (a much graver version) of the same thing.

Petraeus gave his mistress a notebook which “contained code words for secret intelligence programs, the identities of covert officers, and information about war strategy and deliberative discussions with the National Security Council.” Whatever other professional qualifications he may have, his inability to keep classified information under wraps disqualifies him.

Then, earlier this year Petraeus joined with Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, to form a gun control group, Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.

That’s been widely reported. But the Secretary of State doesn’t have anything to do with gun policy, right?


The State Department interprets and enforces the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which “control[s] the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML).” ITAR’s regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act.


In July of this year, the State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls issued a guidance requiring gunsmiths to register as “manufacturers” with DDTC and pay a $2,250 annual fee, even if they don’t export anything. As a group of GOP lawmakers stated in their letter of opposition:

“The vast majority of our constituents engaged in gunsmithing make little to no income from their activities and often do it as a hobby or side business. They most certainly do not export firearms. They also do not manufacture firearms in any widely understood sense of the term.”

Back in June 2015 the State Department announced a proposal that claimed “to be ‘clarifying’ the rules concerning ‘technical data’ posted online or otherwise ‘released’ into the ‘public domain.’”

Technical data includes blueprints, photographs, plans, et cetera.

If the rules were interpreted to mean that posting a plan to create a 3-D gun on a blog constituted exportation of technical data, as some State Department bean counters believe, you’d have to apply for authorization from the government before posting the information on your blog.

If you didn’t, the penalty could be up to 20 years in prison or a $1 million fine.

Having a Secretary of State who openly advocates for more gun control, and who has the ability to reinterpret regulations without Congressional oversight, would be disastrous for gun owners, hobbyist gunsmiths, and manufacturers.

What do you think? If you agree that it is a bad decision, make sure to sign our petition!

– The FPC Gun Rights Team

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How about we start calling him by his name and leaving off the titles he earned on active duty. He is not a general anymore, he IS a civilian and that time in service is now history. He is either Dave, David or Mr. Pertraeus. Not many of us if any still use our rank from our active duty days in the service. How screwy would it be to be introduced every day as Corporal so an so or Staff Sergeant So and so…… I go for Dave Pertraeus and let him have a chance to do it right as… Read more »


He is going to be in a high civilian position in govt and using his military rank is not correct for that line of work or job title

Dan Niemeyer

Rex Tillerson has been nominated for Secretary Of State by Trump. Ammoland editors-I know it’s hard -but try to keep up with breaking news….


Why would you want another SoS that is guilty of similar lack of security as Hillary is guilty of. He may be a talented commanding officer and I appreciate his service to his country, but his lack of judgement on some areas of critical thinking is astounding. General David Petraeus is not qualified for office of SoS.

Warren Cloke

Patraeus still would need the approval of Congress before becoming SOS. There’s still time to vent.

Edward Weber

I wouldn’t say that he was not thinking when he gave her the note book. He was just thinking with the wrong head.

Jacob M. Opperman

Yes he is a poor choice for this appointment. I feel Mr. Trump might need to rethink this choice.


Zackley !