US Government Stops Civilians Gun & Ammunition Exports for 90 Days

On October 27, 2023, the Commerce Department announced that for the next 90 days it will cease issuing new export licenses for ammunition and firearms to non-governmental entities worldwide, save for those in specific places. 

The agency “will further assess current firearm export control review policies to determine whether any changes are warranted to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests” during the 90-day pause, the department noted.

“The review will be conducted with urgency and will enable the Department to more effectively assess and mitigate risk of firearms being diverted to entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities.”

The agency will look over non-governmental export licenses to certain countries, which includes Ukraine and Israel, both of which are mired in a state of war. 

export licenses that were previously issued are still valid, but applications that are still being processed have been paused for the time being, the department also noted. 

The order impacts the majority of firearms and ammunition that could be purchased at a US gun store, per Joanna Reeves, an attorney who mainly deals with cases in the field of arms export controls. 

She said she has never seen the Commerce Department implement such a comprehensive measure like this before. “For sure they have individual country policies – but nothing like this,” she noted.

Prominent US firearms manufacturers such as Smith & Wesson, may  also be affected by the prohibition.

Such controls are just a trial run for what will be in store for the American population if Gun Control Inc fully captures the state in the near future. 

As always, eternal vigilance is needed. 

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