Obama Makes Underhanded Attempt To Drive Gunsmiths Out of Business

Obama Makes Underhanded Attempt To Drive Gunsmiths Out of Business

Obama Makes Underhanded Attempt To Drive Gunsmiths Out of Business

Unable to ram unconstitutional gun control laws down the throats of American citizens, the Obama Administration has tried various stunts to hurt the gun industry, from an abortive ATF attempt to reclassify common training ammunition as “armor-piercing,” to banning the importation of historic American rifles and handguns from South Korea.

Their latest attempt is to try to extort gunsmiths of $2,250 via the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) by redefining gunsmiths as “manufacturers” for doing work as simple as changing the sights on a pistol.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has issued a statement on this attempt at backdoor gun control which shows the industry isn’t going to accept this latest attempt by Barack Obama to undermine the Second Amendment.

On July 22 the U.S. Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued “guidance” meant to clarify who is required under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to register as a “manufacturer” of “defense articles,” which includes firearms and ammunition products (U.S. Munitions List Categories I – III), and pay an exorbitant annual $2,250 registration fee. Under the law, registration is required even if the manufacturer does not export and even if the manufacturer makes component parts.

DDTC asserts that the guidance merely restates existing DDTC policy and interpretation of the AECA and ITAR manufacturer registration requirement.

Unfortunately, DDTC’s “guidance” has created considerable and understandable confusion and concern among gunsmiths and gun owners. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is reviewing the guidance and will send a letter of protest to DDTC expressing our strong opposition to the new “guidance,” the scope of which clearly exceeds their statutory authority.

 

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