Trump Opens Door For U.S. Gun Industry To Sell More Firearms Abroad

Trump Opens Door For U.S. Gun Industry To Sell More Firearms Abroad

The Trump administration is forging ahead with a previously sidelined plan to allow U.S. gun manufacturers sell their products abroad more cheaply and easily. The proposed rule, published Thursday in the Federal Register , would shift control of U.S. firearm exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department, in a move the regulatory language said is aimed at reducing “procedural burdens and costs” on American gunmakers doing international business. The plan would also save the U.S. government money by simplifying the licensing process, according to the proposal. As a result, gun companies would likely be able to expand foreign sales of popular civilian firearms and accessories that have attracted controversy in the U.S. These include semi-automatic military-style guns like AR-15s, .50 caliber rifles, scopes and certain high-capacity ammunition magazines. That would be a boon to an industry that has experienced sharp declines in sales since Donald Trump ’s won the White House in 2016, after years of record sales driven by fears that former President Barack Obama would tighten gun laws. The Obama administration had mulled a similar export plan during his first term, but abandoned it following the 2012 mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. If the rule change takes effect, foreign arms sales are expected to increase as much as 20 percent, according to the National Sports Shooting Foundation, the gun industry’s trade association. Other arms trade experts have predicted a much smaller boost. But the plan has also raised concerns among foreign […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.