State Department to begin regulating American gun companies as international arms traffickers
Unable to exterminate private gun ownership through controls on gun owners, the Obama administration is opening a new front in its war on the Second Amendment –- by treating it as an actual war.
The State Department is now regulating U.S. gun manufacturers under international war crimes laws in the hopes of putting them out of business and cutting out Americans’ access to guns.
The State Department’s “Directorate of Defense Trade Controls” is now requiring domestic gun makers to register with the government under the “International Traffic in Arms Regulations.”
The Senators, Tom Cotton and Chuck Grassley among them, are upset that the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) is trying to impose new fees and regulations on gun or ammunition related businesses, in a back-handed manner that tries to bypass or at least limit the Second Amendment guarantee of the right to bear arms.
One such example is new guidelines from the DDTC that would make some gunsmiths register as firearms “manufacturers” on the grounds that they do work such as changing the sights on a pistol. This means that they would have to pay a fee of $2,250.
The regulation states that “any person who engages in the United States in the business of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing defense articles, or furnishing defense services, is required to register with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls under §122.2.
For the purpose of this subchapter, engaging in such a business requires only one occasion of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing a defense article or furnishing a defense service. A manufacturer who does not engage in exporting must nevertheless register.”
That means any gun manufacturer whose product is sold overseas by other parties –- which is practically every gun.
The idea is simple. Slap so many taxes, fees and regulations on gun manufacturers that they stop making guns rather than run the risk of being imprisoned over a paperwork error.
The attack attracted the attention of pro-gun U.S. legislators, led by Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines, who have issued a letter to the State Department warning, “the last thing [gun makers] need is an edict from the federal government imposing crippling fees and requirements which are wholly unnecessary and nonsensical.”
The letter warns Secretary of State John Kerry to rescind the rule “immediately.”
The new State Department regulations come on the back of the Obama Justice Department’s “Operation Choke Point,” which seeks to literally bankrupt U.S. gun manufacturers by threatening banks that grant them accounts.