In a document labeled ‘Only for State internal use’ reviewed by NBC News, the U.S. Department of State is finally set to make regulatory changes to the International Traffic of Arms Regulations (ITAR) for small arms. The ITAR changes will ease the burden on the firearms industry by placing some common small arms, like semiautomatic rifles, under the control of the Department of Commerce Export Administration Regulations (EAR) instead of the State Department’s U.S. Munitions List (USML).
Current regulations require firearms manufacturers to pay a minimum of $2,240 per year in ITAR fees even if they have no intention to export weapons outside of the United States. Under the proposed changes, fully automatic firearms and other weapons controlled by the National Firearms Act (NFA) will remain under the USML.
For smaller manufacturers, gunsmiths and other licensees, the regulatory changes mean that they will no longer be required to pay the minimum ITAR fee. The rule is apparently is only a few weeks away from being published in the Federal Register.
TFB has been monitoring this story since early 2018 and will provide our readers with additional analysis when the final rule changes take place. Stay tuned.
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog