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U.S. firearms makers will be able within days to export as much as 20% more guns, including assault rifles and ammunition, under rules the Trump administration announced on Friday

U.S. firearms makers will be able within days to export as much as 20% more guns, including assault rifles and ammunition, under rules the Trump administration announced on Friday

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  1. Periodic reminder that the 6 largest arms-exporting countries in the world are the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

  2. I find this part interesting:

    >Under the new rule, 3D printed guns will still be regulated. “This control will help ensure that U.S. national security and foreign policy interests are not undermined by foreign persons’ access to firearms production technology,”

    How do they plan on “regulating” this?

    It’s information.

    You can’t “ban” 1+1=2.

  3. That article says very little about exactly what is going to change. Are they lifting some ITAR restrictions or merely streamlining the export licencing process?

    I need a recoil spring for an obscure century-old rifle, nobody makes that excact spring any more. Lots of US dealers stock a nearly identical spring that could be cut a couple of inches shorter to fit, but because that spring is meant for an evil dangerous H&K G3 battle rifle nobody will or can legally export it to me. They’ll happily mail me a spring for an H&K MP5 submachinegun, which is somehow not covered by the same export restrictions. That spring is too soft to work in a Winchester model 1910, unfortunately.

    Now, if I didn’t care about legality there’s many ways to get that seemingly simple gun part out of the USA (or out of Germany, which has similar restrictions in place). I’d rather not break the law though, so my nearly-antique rifle is stil in need of a new recoil spring. I wonder if these changes will help me or not? Pretty sure they’ll make little or no real difference to how many guns the real bad guys out there will have available.

  4. ITER covers a lot of stuff it doesn’t need to cover, like rifle stocks. Instead of ordering off eBay for $200 I have to go through the importer, distributor and retailer who are all thieves and end up paying $600.

    Criminals don’t buy fancy aftermarket rifle stocks. They cut down the one that’s already on them, or hack at a fence post until it fits well enough to wrap some wire around it.

  5. Why are there US restrictions on numbers of guns the US can export in the first place? Do they think that whatever countries are demanding the imports aren’t going to be able to find a supply somewhere else?

    What possible purpose does an export restriction serve?

  6. I wonder what countries will and wont be sold to? I know America doesn’t like exporting modern (ahem 1950’s) rifles and accessories under ITAR.

  7. As a Canadian gun owner I welcome these changes.

  8. Oh no, assault rifles? I can handle us exporting jets, and tanks, and bombs, and missiles, and attack helicopters … but I draw the line at assault rifles.

  9. This is a problem… why? If those nations are requesting them and going through the proper channels to get those firearms what is the problem?

    Please do not use the term ‘assault weapon or assault rifle’, it is a made-up anti-firearm zealot term that could cover a .22 semi-automatic rifle with a magazine, as numerous people pointed out nearly 30 years ago.

  10. Didnt the Obama administration also try and make similar changes to ITAR?

  11. “I dEsErVe ThE nObEl PeAcE pRiZe”

  12. “give Congress even less authority ”

    ​

    Yes please, but also do the same for the Senate and Executive while you are at it! (pipe dream i know)

  13. Perfect timing. I’m in the market for a 10/22 and a mark iv

  14. And? As long as they aren’t being exported human rights abusers who gives a shit? More legally owned weapons is never a bad thing.

  15. More American guns headed for conflict zones all around the world. I can’t stand so much Peace and Freedom.

  16. When asked, the administration said this would mean other countries could now be at least “20% cooler”.

  17. Surprising this is coming from a president who supports red flag laws. I hate him but people being able to get guns is a good thing. Just look at what’s happening in Virginia…

  18. Just today, Trump was also trying [to legalize bribery](https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/01/donald-trump-bribery-laws).

    He is like a textbook cartoon villain. Kind of reminds me of [this cartoon villain](https://m.imgur.com/gallery/D20pOkT).

  19. The only question is how do we warm the other 11?

  20. and nothing will change. Onerous rules do not make things safer, they only make them whacky. they reward the bean counters

  21. It means more manufacturing jobs for those in the small arms industry so I don’t see how it’s a bad thing. It’s either they’re buying from us or somebody else

  22. No more under the table deals from CIA. Just buy straight from Smith & Wesson

  23. Do you think think there will be a Tony Stark like turnaround?

  24. I wonder who the major importers are?

  25. This is really great news, because I feel very unsafe knowing that so many unstable have guns these days. It’s good to know I should be able to get one easier. They’re not legal here, but with that many exports, the guy near the old car lot should have some.

  26. Interesting timeline. The CEO of AOBC, who is one of the arms sellers set to benefit from this, had to resign two days ago due to misconduct. [Smith & Wesson owner American Outdoor Brands CEO out due to misconduct](https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSL4N29K4R0)

  27. Can’t sell them in virginia or commiefornia. Mise well sell them to someone else.

  28. And Trump wants to legalize bribery in foreign countries by US corporations. So glad we can keep such high moral and ethical standards!

  29. Woo, exporting violence! Our specialty.

  30. Didn’t see anything about assault rifles. But if true, it would be a shame since assault rifles are already banned for us citizens.

  31. Stupid question (but serious):
    Why does Trump do these things? Is it to pander to a certain voter demographic? Does he get money for it? Is it just another attempt to piss people off?

  32. Clearly we need more guns and ammo

  33. This is what all the shit is about, i would be happy if it were 20% more Fender guitars, or Gibsons, but guns ……

    The truth is each gun exported will cost a life somewhere on earth. The Trump admin is nothing more than an ordinary criminal organisation.

  34. Good. My wallet likes the pain

  35. Oh great, more guns (made by idiots), for other idiots to fight in yet more useless wars…..way to go you bunch of f***n retards!!

  36. Yay, good more exports more guns.

  37. Lead ammo is causing the suicide and homelessness in the veteran population. The neuroscience is well established. Lead poisoning causes schizophrenia which is a leading factor in suicide and homelessness. If you want to address the White Suicide Epidemic you’ll need to address the ammo problem.

  38. Guess this time we hear about it instead of the clandestine exchanges in the previous 50 years?

  39. Time to invest in “defense stocks” again.

  40. Well that’ll help the Mexican cartels quite a bit.

  41. What’s an assault rifle?

  42. In this thread: nobody knows what ITAR is, what it does, or what the changes do – and proceeds to get mad about the headline because guns are bad!

  43. Gun sales always tank under Republican administrations because there’s no fear mongering to trigger stockpiling. They have to make up their losses any
    way they can that maintains their pro-gun status.

    [U.S. gun sales down 6.1 percent in 2018, extending ‘Trump slump’](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-sales/u-s-gun-sales-down-6-1-percent-in-2018-extending-trump-slump-idUSKCN1PN346)

    > (Reuters) – U.S. firearms sales fell 6.1 percent in 2018, according to industry data reported on Tuesday, marking the second straight year of declines and extending the “Trump slump” following the November 2016 election of pro-gun rights President Donald Trump.

    > The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated 2018 sales at 13.1 million firearms, down from 14 million the previous year and down 16.5 percent from record 2016 sales of 15.7 million.
    >
    > A previous boom that saw gun sales double over a decade through 2016 corresponded largely with Democratic President Barack Obama’s time in office, when fears that gun control laws would be enacted drove gun aficionados to stock up.

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