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State Dept. Attempts Backdoor Gun Control

Sev­er­al Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have sent a strong­ly word­ed let­ter to Sec­re­tary of State John Ker­ry in an attempt to pre­vent back­door gun con­trol efforts by the State Depart­ment, Bre­it­bart News reports.

The sen­a­tors, Tom Cot­ton and Chuck Grass­ley among them, are upset that the State Department’s Direc­torate of Defense Trade Con­trols (DDTC) is try­ing to impose new fees and reg­u­la­tions on gun or ammu­ni­tion relat­ed busi­ness­es in a back-hand­ed man­ner that tries to bypass or at least lim­it the Sec­ond Amend­ment guar­an­tee of the right to bear arms.

One such exam­ple is new guide­lines from the DDTC that would make some gun­smiths reg­is­ter as firearms “man­u­fac­tur­ers” on the grounds that they do work such as chang­ing the sights on a pis­tol. This means that they would have to pay a fee of $2,250.

The Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion notes that this hefty fee tries to stymie legal behav­ior and also threat­ens to put small com­mer­cial gun­smiths out of busi­ness.

The sen­a­tors are espe­cial­ly upset because the DDTC is issu­ing these direc­tives under the aus­pices of the Inter­na­tion­al Traf­fic in Arms Reg­u­la­tions (ITAR), even though the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion promised a reform that would remove firearms and ammu­ni­tion from DDTC’s purview and trans­fer it to the more busi­ness-friend­ly juris­dic­tion of the Com­merce Depart­ment, Bre­it­bart report­ed.

The pur­pose of the reform was to strength­en con­trols on the most sophis­ti­cat­ed defense tech­nolo­gies, while reduc­ing unnec­es­sary reg­u­la­tions on less sen­si­tive items, such as firearms and ammu­ni­tion.

The let­ter from the sen­a­tors demands a spe­cif­ic date by which the reform enabling the trans­fer of busi­ness­es deal­ing in firearms and ammu­ni­tion to the Com­merce Depart­ment would be com­plet­ed and said that “the last thing [the affect­ed small busi­ness­es] need is an edict from the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment impos­ing crip­pling fees and require­ments which are whol­ly unnec­es­sary and non­sen­si­cal.”

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