While we’ve all been focussed on the election… Obamaland has been putting the screws to gunsmiths:
You ask us why we hate and distrust Big Government? THIS is why:
With the stroke of a pen, the rules that govern gunsmiths have changed.
ITAR, the agency that oversees the EXPORT of weapons now places requirements and expectations on Gunsmiths who only deal domestically, no matter how few guns they deal with.
Typical of government overreach, they have given an Orwellian redefinition of “manufacture” so that even small shops fall within their mandate.
If you want to be licenced to do any work (even barrel threading services) you will need to pay for a yearly licence. The cost? $2,250 per year. Each year. Even for the smallest shops. Even if you only service one gun in that year.
Impact of New Registration Requirements
As the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) reads this, gunsmithing shops (even one-man operations) will now be subject to ITAR regulation though they export nothing: “These requirements apply, even if the business does not, and does not intend to, export any defense article. Moreover, under ITAR, ‘only one occasion of manufacturing … a defense article’ is necessary for a commercial entity to be considered ‘engaged in the business’ and therefore subject to the regime’s requirements.”
As a consequence, these new regulations may drive smaller gunsmithing services out of business: “DDTC’s move appears aimed at expanding the regulatory sweep of the AECA/ITAR and culling many smaller commercial gunsmithing operations that do not have the means to pay the annual registration fee or the sophistication to negotiate DDTC’s confusing maze of bureaucracy. [This is] likely to have a significant chilling effect on activity that would not even be considered regulated.”
Read More: Accurate Shooter
A full description here: Princelaw
What happens if you violate these new restrictions? Penalties. MASSIVE PENALTIES:
Additionally, the penalties for violating ITAR are significant and able to be applied retroactively. Penalties for each violation of ITAR can result in up to $1,000,000 in fines and 20 years imprisonment. 22 U.S.C. § 2778(c) Princelaw