GOP Senators to Block State Department’s Backdoor Gun Control

Breitbart – by AWR Hawkins

On August 29, Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Charles Grassley (R-IA), James Inhofe (R-OK), and others sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry intended to block current backdoor gun control efforts by the State Department.

The senators’ goal is to prevent the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) from continuing to target businesses tied to arms and/or ammunition with new fees and regulations.  

For example, on August 10, Breitbart News reported that the State Department’s DDTC issued new “guidelines” that would result in forcing some gunsmiths to register as firearms “manufacturers” and pay a fee of approximately $2,250.

The DDTC’s “guidelines” for ascertaining who has to register as manufacturers are cryptic, at best:

Any person who engages in the United States in the business of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing defense articles, or furnishing defense services, is required to register with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls under §122.2. For the purpose of this subchapter, engaging in such a business requires only one occasion of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing a defense article or furnishing a defense service. A manufacturer who does not engage in exporting must nevertheless register.

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Affairs (NRA-ILA) notes that the DDTC “guidelines” create “far more confusion than clarity and threatens to chill lawful behavior and put small commercial gunsmiths who cannot afford [the fee requisite to manufacturing status] out of business.”

DDTC is making these moves under the auspices of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), even though the Obama administration promised an Export Control Reform action that would remove firearms and ammunition from DDTC’s purview.

Senators Daines, Cotton, Grassley, Inhofe, and others are demanding the administration not only complete the Export Control Reform, but also provide a date by which that reform will be completed.

NRA-ILA quotes the senators as saying, “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.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2016/09/05/gop-senators-move-to-block-state-departments-backdoor-gun-control/

4 thoughts on “GOP Senators to Block State Department’s Backdoor Gun Control

  1. This isn’t really the article for it but I just want to say how in gosh darn do people not realize in our Information Age (I don’t know how long) [hah that’s what she said] every “election” becomes too close to call. Except for some state and local shite when they have to put a blow out to keep the skeptics content. People don’t go to news sites when it’s 50-1 odds. They want 50-50 and every 4 greasy years this is what we get.

    1. “People don’t go to news sites when it’s 50-1 odds. They want 50-50 and every 4 greasy years this is what we get.”

      That is what we are told, in spite that no one trusts the media any longer for anything they say. (Your mileage may vary.)

      On the background is the truth, that with 50-1 odds it is much harder to fraud the voters and the nation then with an EXPECTED 50-50.

  2. Targeting specific industries with huge fines because they supply constitutionally protected equipment is a gross violation of the law, but who cares about the constitution and the law anymore?

    Americans need to move underground, because our businesses, culture, and lifestyle are under attack. Avoid the spying devices and surveillance, and do business under the radar.

  3. “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.”

    The federal (so-called) ‘government’ is in the business of “… wholly unnecessary and nonsensical.”

    “… the DDTC “guidelines” create “far more confusion than clarity…”

    Communism 101.

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