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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:21

Exclusive: Trump administration prepares to ease export rules for U.S. guns

Written by  Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S.


Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, four officials told Reuters.

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.

The officials from multiple agencies, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the new rules will cut government red tape and regulatory costs, boosting U.S. exports of small arms and creating jobs at home.

“There will be more leeway to do arms sales,” one senior administration official said. “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.”

The push fits both Trump’s support for the gun lobby espoused on the campaign trail and his “Buy American” agenda.

But critics, including some lawmakers and arms control advocates, have expressed concern that any easing of export rules could make powerful weapons of the type often used in U.S.

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Oh good. Like we don't have enough issues right now concerning violence. Is this really priority right now? Stupid

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As long as they don't end up in the hands of our enemies!!!!

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Dkpb 1112 Written by Dkpb 1112
September 20, 2017
Tim Wilde , And they will

That's great news and THAT is where it belongs.
Now maybe the US can start showing a better GNP and we can relax on these gun grabbing idiots.
But NOT relax too much.

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Yeah, well we're going to start exporting bullets, missiles, and bombs to North Korea. Just be careful Kim Jong Un; they'll be hot.

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Preston Wood Written by Preston Wood
September 19, 2017
Hopefully, The Trump administration will do a better job of determining the ultimate end user of the firearms than Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton did. The State Department under HRC did a lousy job with the Bengazi fiasco and Holder with the Fast and Furious ATF operation.
Walt Walters Written by Walt Walters
September 19, 2017
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September 19, 2017
The Fast & Furious fiasco was a deliberate and government planned joke to help increase gun control on US citizens.
It backfired and NO ONE, NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON involved took ANY responsibility for their ILLEGAL actions. That is sad and SICK.
And AMERICAN'S DIED because of the governments ROTTEN plans.
And STILL no one paid for their ILLEGAL actions.
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Walt Walters Written by Walt Walters
September 19, 2017
Sure as he11 couldn't do much worse.
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Allen Barker Written by Allen Barker
September 19, 2017
Trumps administration has ANNOUNCED this decision, that's a lot different than Holder & Obuzzard sneaking everything through in order to TIGHTEN the noose around the necks of law abiding citizens with more gun SAFETY laws which don't mean shit to criminals in the 1st place.


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