Effort to Put Gunsmiths Out of Business?

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Though it seems like an esoteric matter that doesn’t affect most gun owners, a July 22 U.S. Department of State – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) “guidance” memo purportedly means 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.” In reality, the “guidance” from DDTC looks more like an effort to potentially put hundreds or thousands of gunsmiths out of business because they can’t afford to pay the high annual $2,250 registration fee.

Simply put, the DDTC’s stance would force small manufacturers to pay $2,250 annually to register when they are not utilizing the DDTC export licensing system to export products.

The term “manufacture” as used in the AECA and ITAR is its ordinary dictionary definition. Clearly, many of the activities DDTC claims require registration constitutes gun smithing and is not manufacturing under any reasonable dictionary definition of the term. DDTC’s position is similar to claiming an auto mechanic who fixes your car is a car manufacturer. From the ATF, here’s their clarification of gunsmithing vs. manufacturing.

The law covers firearms and ammunition products (U.S. Munitions List Categories I – III), and, registration would be required even if the manufacturer does not export any firearms or firearms parts, and even if the manufacturer makes only component parts.

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

To date, the Obama Administration has refused to publish and implement the regulatory changes necessary to transfer for export licensing of commercial and sporting firearms and ammunition products to the Department of Commerce from the Department of State.

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10 thoughts on “Effort to Put Gunsmiths Out of Business?”

  1. Being a former practicing gunsmith I take offense at this blackmail from the offices of our federal government. It is yet another effort by the liberal and more radical elements within the democrat party to stifle freedom and infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms. I have this message to all of you out there who are thinking of casting your votes for democrat candidates; DON’T DO IT! Electing democrats to office is like taking a sledge hammer to your guns and setting the debris on fire, and while you are at it have the molten steel forged into chains for your family for generations to come. This isn’t about hunting, it is about making sure your progeny remain free from opression and have the rights our nation’s founders built into the Constitution.

    Vote for democrats and you throw away the birthrights of generations to come.

    The old democrat party is no more, they have been co-opted by radical left wing socialists and many of the republicans are just as bad. Listen carefully to the people running for election; if they do not say the right words about defending our rights and way of life , for God’s sake do not vote for them regardless of party affiliation. We see more and more every day that elitists in both parties are selling us down the river – we can stop them but it is becoming harder every day.

  2. Vote for NRA approved candidates ONLY, and get every person in your family an NRA membership. Join ev ery gun rights advocate group from national down to local level. We need to support our rights by our vote and our wallets. Show the anti-gun activists we mean business and will never allow them to deny any person their rights under the Constitution. Even if you are not a political person it should matter to you that generations from now you could be garanteeing their freedom.

  3. Just more infringement on our 2nd Amendment Rights that all companies and all citizens should not copy with. “F” them all.

  4. From what I am reading. They seem to be more about cracking down on guys buying 80% blanks then finishing them themselves and with help from other peoples machinery. I’m not sure how this would affect a retired guy with a lathe that helps his buddy re-barreling a rifle. For a 12 pack of Heineken. But what about maybe just truing a Rem 700 action? Now that would be work on the receiver. Then what do they really mean by “frame”? They can’t mean you can’t bed a bench-rest stock do they? Why does the damn law always read with so much ambiguity?

    1. Because you will not read the Book;
      George Washington Jailer and Tax Collector

      You will never know or learn where the law applies until you read the Book. It’s time for you and everyone else to read the Book.

      The answer is in the Book !

      “A man who won’t read has no advantage over a man who can’t read”

      Which one are YOU??

  5. 1. What is the territorial jurisdiction of this Agency?
    2. Is this Agency an Agency of any State or an Agency under any State?
    3. Is this Agency an Agency of The United States?

    If this Agency is an Agency of The United States then the Territorial Jurisdiction is only applies to Land owned by The United States of America.
    Only 1.9 % of land in texas is owned by the United States of America. The United States of America only has territorial Jurisdiction on (over) what it owns.
    Any man/woman may write to Secretary of State where they are located and require that Secretary of State produce a verified copy of the territorial Jurisdiction of The United States of America.
    have a Blessed if at all possible
    Wake up Americans!, get Educated!
    Start your Education by reading the Book , George Washington Jailer and Tax Collector,
    the Book is only 23 pages long and is on the internet for free.

    Knowledge is a man unfit for Slavery

  6. As usual with Obama, Clintons, Hellary and Billy, Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, Bloomberg, Healey, Brown, and others of the same ilk, the main damn fool idiot objective is to try to make honest Americans defenseless, and that includes older people and older veterans, disabled people and even young healthy people that, when defenseless, would have a very small chance to defend themselves against a group of three robbers, rapists, and drug heads looking for money.

    The DDTC must be a shameless idiot organization to try to destroy the lives of gunsmiths and other good American people in the honest gun business.

    The DDTC should completely abandon the idiot nonsense they have proposed and let Americans defend themselves from robberies, rapes, killings, and dope heads needing money.

    1. Read the Book, George Washington Jailer and Tax Collector,
      the Book is only 23 pages long and it’s on the internet for free.
      If you have not read the Book you have no clue what your rights are, nor do most americans know who or what the United States Government is and where and how it tricked the american people.

      “A man who won’t read has no advantage over a man who can’t read”

  7. It’s called getting away with murder… the murdered will be ”We the People”. This Ex.Ord. alongside the recent Allowance of UN Armed Forces Intervention in Cases of Civil Unrest is very, very disconcerting. He wrote the UN AF’s order just a few days after ”Independence Day”. He gave felon’s the immediate right to vote. I mean seriously, what nerve! If America continues to allow blatant Marxist policy weave into and eat away further at the USA’s foundation. It will dissolve like a sandcastle in the surf, like she was never there because their goal is the destruction of America that you knew. Beria would be proud. And their is nothing on tv, radio or in the paper across the whole of the nation. Some alternative reporting but still little to nothing.

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