This is one of Obama’s backhand attempts to gun-control. We need to stop this executive order immediately. Sign the petition and stay informed!
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has redefined Gunsmithing in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). Gunsmithing in nearly every case is not in the business of Exporting defense articles. This new “direction” will devastate most mom and pop small gunsmith businesses by the heavy and costly burden of having to register with the DDTC the same as a Defense Arms Exporter supplier just because they need to drill a hole or if they make a discontinued part for a gun made in the 1800’s just ONE time. This will cause many small gunsmith businesses to go out of business. This new rule must be changed with gunsmithing removed and left to the ATF rules only.
According to the presidential directive, firearm modifications that do not require “drilling, cutting, or machining” are not affected by the new rules.
But a commercial gunsmith who makes just one modification on the list of activities the government believes improves “the accuracy, caliber, or operation” of a firearm is subject to the new rules.
Examples of included gunsmithing activities include:
- Use of any special tooling or equipment upgrading in order to improve the capability of assembled or repaired firearms;
- Modifications to a firearm that change round capacity;
- The production of firearm parts (including, but not limited to, barrels, stocks, cylinders, breech mechanisms, triggers, silencers, or suppressors);
- The systemized production of ammunition, including the automated loading or reloading of ammunition;
- The machining or cutting of firearms, e.g., threading of muzzles or muzzle brake installation requiring machining, that results in an enhanced capability;
- Rechambering firearms through machining, cutting, or drilling;
- Chambering, cutting, or threading barrel blanks; and
- Blueprinting firearms by machining the barrel.
Any of those activities would require registration with the government and an annual $2,250 fee.