Firearm Export : Federal Firearm Export Rule Change

Position: Oppose Status: Accepting comments at US Department of State and US Department of Commerce

A proposed federal rule would change the oversight of gun exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department. The American gun industry has been fighting for this change so they can increase their overseas profits.

Under the rule change, American-made guns, including semi-automatics like AR-15s, could easily find their way into the hands of crimnals and terrorists overseas.


Comments are no longer being accepted. The comment period ended July 9, 2018. You can still contact your legislators and urge them to oppose the rule changes for firearm exports.

Here’s what the proposed rule change will do:

  • Eliminate Congressional oversight for important gun export deals.
  • Transfer the cost of processing licenses from gun manufacturers to taxpayers.
  • Enable unchecked gun production in the U.S. and exports abroad by removing the block on 3D printing of firearms.
  • Reduce transparency and reporting on gun exports.
  • Transfer gun export licensing from an agency with a mission to promote stability, human rights, and reduce conflict to an agency with a mission to promote trade and which lacks the resources to adequately enforce export controls.