NSSF stand by foreign gun sale proposal

NSSF stand by foreign gun sale proposal

WASHINGTON — Overwhelming opposition toward a Trump-administration plan to relax foreign gun sales hasn’t shaken any supporters of the proposal, including the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation. President Donald Trump proposed a rule in May that would shift oversight of foreign handgun and semi-automatic rifle sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, sparking frustration from Democratic lawmakers and gun control advocates who said the change would weaken review over foreign gun exports. Some opponents also said the move is merely an effort to offset reductions in domestic gun sales. But proponents of the proposal say the criticism is flawed. On Friday, three days before a public comment period on the proposal closes, the NSSF released a full endorsement. The organization, which represents firearms wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers and importers, said gun-licensing policies and export approvals would go through continued government scrutiny despite “misrepresentation by opponents.” “These changes will eventually lead to growth for U.S. companies, more jobs here and related economic benefits for the cities and states where our facilities are located while accomplishing the same national security and foreign policy objectives we have always had,” Larry Keane, the senior vice president for government and public affairs at the NSSF, said. The proposed change would also take Congress out of the picture, eliminating its review over any commercial firearm sale worth at least $1 million — a process currently required under the Arms Export Control Act. The shift upset lawmakers such as Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., and the […]

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