Economy

Donald to sell more US-made guns to foreign buyers

Donald wants to make it easier to sell “Made in the USA” guns and ammunition to foreign buyers, putting our own guns in the hands of people shooting at American service members and law enforcement.

As an electrical engineer who works in aerospace, I have to deal with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. These rules are based on federal law that broadly classifies large areas as “arms,” including pretty much everything aerospace. The intent of ITAR is to prevent advanced technologies from the US being integrated into weapons that could be used against us or our allies, be it guns, ammunition, or the electronics used in a foreign powers’ communication system.

According to Reuters, the Administration is about to make it easier for US arms dealers gun makers to sell guns to foreign buyers. The way they’re planning to do this is by moving “oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department.”

In other words, the same people who are afraid that US-made electronics might advance an unfriendly foreign powers’ capabilities to match our own are perfectly fine with selling actual guns and ammunition to those same foreign powers.

As pointed out in the Reuters piece, “While the State Department is primarily concerned about international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses more on facilitating trade.” Which means this entire change is an economic give-away to Donald’s political supporters in the arms industry (according to the Firearms Industry Trade Association, a $51.3 billion industry) and the National Rifle Association. As opposed to the semiconductor industry that’s been kneecapped for decades by ITAR regulations and was merely a $172.9 billion industry in 2014, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

How long will it be before America’s enemies are shooting at our own service members and law enforcement officers with legally sold, “Made in the USA” guns and ammo.

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