Exports of civilian firearms, ammunitions paused for 90 days


The United States Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has paused the export of certain civilian firearms and ammunition for 90 days.

The department on Friday said it will review protocols to ensure firearms are not being diverted to “entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities.”

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

“Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) is pausing for approximately 90 days the issuance of new export licenses involving certain firearms, related components, and ammunition under its jurisdiction and the provision of new export assistance activities for such products to all non-governmental end users worldwide, apart from those in certain destinations,” Commerce said.

During this “pause” period, the Department 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. 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.”

International Trade Administration simultaneously will review its export assistance policy to ensure that its export assistance is consistent with applicable export controls and does not undermine U.S. policy interests.

The pause applies to the Bureau of Industry and Security’s issuance of new licenses involving certain firearms, related components, and ammunition controlled on the Commerce Control List.

The pass applies to firearms and ammunition to end-users worldwide, except for Ukraine, Israel and Country Group A:1, which can be found on this government list. Countries like Argentina, Luxembourg, Canada, Belgium, Italy, and Japan are found on the A:1 list. Israel is not on the list and neither is Ukraine, although Mexico is.

The pause applies to semi-automatic and non-automatic firearms, shotguns, and receivers (frames) and ammunition.


    • I’m not certain the Constitution has a voice in this per se since the arms are being sold to non American buyers.

    • Howdy Reggie. They enjoy the Cartel Exemption, where they can Murder, Rape, Kidnap Torture, Child and Adult Sex Slave, Dismember Living Human Beings, Kidnap, and Bomb, anyone they please, cuz their Cartel Guys. Their a lot like Democrats.

      • Hi Sarge. Did you even finish high school? That’s terrible spelling and grammar. But I get the message. Thanks.

        • Howdy Dragon, I consider my writing an art form. Painting with words. Some read it as something great, some see it as something stupid. Thanks for your opinion. It brings me back to the reality that I can’t impress All the People All The Time. See you at the Top.

    • Reggie:
      The cartels can get dozens, if not hundreds of guns for the price it would cost them for a decent shotgun in a US FFL run shop. They have the money and resources to buy crates of full auto AKs, MP5s, etc… from overseas.
      The idea that the cartels buy guns in the US and smuggle them across the border is laughable. If a US purchased gun is found at a cartel crime scene, it was placed there on purpose. In fact, when they realized what Fast and Furious was about, they started deliberately leaving those guns (most of the time unfired) at crime scenes just to rub 0bama’s nose in it.

    • Tim in Sarah village,
      Merchants of death isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it depends upon whom the fire is directed. Some folks follow bad ideas that rob other people of their liberties, dignity and untimely their life. Sometimes you need a mercant of death in order to preserve life.

    • That would mean we should stop manufacturing cars, tobacco products, and alcohol. They kill way more people ever year than guns do.
      Let’s do what is effective, not stupid feel good do-nothing BS.

  1. If there were ever an event that promoted regional instability it would be when the treasonous pants sh*tter in the whitehouse left a monstrous stockpile of military grade weaponry along w/ a few Americans behind in the sand lot.

    Suggesting there’s an important leak elsewhere is plausible but little more than a diversionary tactic.

      • Sarge, that was multiple DOZENS of billions of dollars’ worth of arms and equipment left to the Taliban, not just one measly billion. Funny how all the blinkered and brainwashed cheerleaders of China Joe and his traitorous henchmen in Congress never want to bring up that particularly sordid episode.

        • Thanks Jeff’s Son for numerical upgrade. Feel free to Reality Check me, cuz I’m not a good numbers guy. See you at the Top.

  2. “The department….will review protocols to ensure firearms are not being diverted to ‘entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities.’”
    – I fully support not exporting firearms to terrorists & also find it ironic that our gov would put out a policy that applies to entities that not only do what it does all the time, but that it has actually already armed in various ways & across multiple administrations to “promote regional instability.”

  3. There are so much weapons in this world it won’t matter. Some other country will feed the need. But let’s leave billions of arms in a terrorist controlled country.

  4. So they will go to the busy international arms market, denying US business a chance to earn profit.

    What was it Obama said about Grandpa Bloodstains? Never underestimate his about to F things up.

  5. Is this political cover for the Biden admin “Recently released photos show Hamas terrorists allegedly holding what appear to be M4A1 Carbines, which were specially designed for U.S. Special Operations Forces.”
    Which by the way are not legal for non USA millatary ownership. Where did Hamas get them: were they left behind in Afghanistan or sold on the black market from Ukraine?

  6. This is a first-step backdoor attempt at gun grabbing: first, like under the obaminator, ammo will disappear; then they will stop all domestic sales under he guise that private sellers are supplying terrorists overseas (well, how about the terrorists that the brandon absence of border has let in…); then they will issue a customs-like draconian export control system; then come after private gun owners, who now have no ammo to fight back with. A very slippery slope my friends… Beware the frumious bandersnatch.

  7. Instead of worrying about weapons going out we should focus on not letting bad actors in.
    How about that for a novel idea.
    NO imported bad guys.

  8. Death by a thousand ….

    They will begin “making changes” to how you can purchase guns and ammo..just wait..

    Stock up now. You may not get the chance ever again.

    Veterans, time to group uo.

  9. WIth 300,000 true assault rifles and machineguns surrendered in Afghanistan last year, there is probably no need for this 90-day embargo. The terrorists have all they need thanks for the incompetence of the current administration.

  10. Just “Civilian arms exports” NOT military exports.

    WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Sales of U.S. military equipment to foreign governments rose 49% to $205.6 billion in the latest fiscal year, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

    U.S. spent more on military in 2022 than next 10 countries combined.

    Top countries in military spending, 2022

    U.S. $877b
    China $292b
    Russia $86b
    India $81b
    Saudi Arabia $75b
    U.K. $69b
    Germany $56b
    France $54b
    Japan $46b
    South Korea $46b
    Ukraine $44b

      • No we have to have the money laundered. I would be willing to bet that the payoffs and laundering accounts for a large amount of the billions being spent on death and destruction.

  11. US Firearm exports are something like 3% of all firearm exports in the US.
    Seriously, this will do nothing to the domestic market at all. It is like saying your McDonald’s fry order is only 97% the size it was yesterday. Will you even notice? Doubt it.

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