Backdoor to gun control? Obama Extends Rules to Gunsmiths

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Backdoor to gun control? Obama Extends Rules to Gunsmiths

How can global agreements affect your 2nd Amendment rights?

The United States has numerous international agreements. According to the NRA, on July 22, Barack Obama used one of them to tweak his gun control agenda to include gunsmiths and reclassify them as “manufacturers.” That means they will have to REGISTER as manufacturers with the government.

The back doors to gun control

The State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is responsible for administering the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and the International Free Trade Agreement (IFTA). Those entities are intended to deal with military weapons and materials imported to or exported from the United States.

Those items are on the United States “Munitions List.” Even one item used from that list – such as a part used by a gunsmith – can now be classified as “manufacturing.”

“Thus, for purposes of the regime, a spring or floorplate from the magazine of a controlled firearm is subject to the same regulatory framework as the firearm itself.” NRA-ILA

Is this the administration’s way of suppressing commerce by squelching the small gunsmiths? The registration fee for anyone who “engages in the business” of gun manufacturing is $2,250, and applies even if the person or business has no intention of importing or exporting the “defense article.”

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A new, enormously confusing set of “guidance” rules has been issued by the DDTC for gunsmiths

A confusing mess of regulations

The NRA reported,

DDTC’s new “guidance” only makes this situation worse by coming up with a confusing and counterintuitive list of activities that it considers “gunsmithing” versus “manufacturing” (despite the fact that it insists it relies on the “ordinary, contemporary, common meaning” of those terms). 

For example, DDTC generally labels procedures that involve cutting, drilling, or machining of an existing firearm in order to improve its accuracy or operation or to change its caliber as “manufacturing,” even if they do not create a new and distinct firearm. This includes threading a muzzle for a muzzle brake or blueprinting that requires machining of a barrel.   

On the other hand, DDTC contends that gunsmithing includes only very simple procedures, such as the one-for-one drop-in replacement of parts that do not require cutting, drilling, or machining for installation.  But even then, if the parts “improve the accuracy, caliber, or other aspects of firearm operation,” “manufacturing” may occur. Finishing treatments for firearms generally are not considered manufacturing under the guidance, nor are cosmetic flourishes such as engraving. Meanwhile the mounting of a scope that involves the machining of new dovetails or the drilling and tapping of holes may or not be “manufacturing,” depending on whether the scope improves the accuracy of the firearm beyond its prior configuration. 

Of course you can ask for an “advisory opinion” from the government according to the DDTC, but that will take providing 7 copies of the form and all documentation for the request. The deeper you get into the system, the more danger there is of unwarranted intrusion.

Obama’s history 

Keep in mind that the international agreements were intended to stop international arms traffic. Is that the intent of this action? It appears to us that this action is aimed (no pun intended) at creating confusion in gun commerce rather than stopping any defense materials from being exported or imported.


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