On 29th May, Forbes produced an article which starts by pointing out that the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) processes about 39,000 export licence applications annually – about 10,000 are in the firearms and related items categories and of these, about 6,000 are for items that will move to the Commerce Control List (CCL) — including the vast majority of non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms under .50 calibre, and their ammunition.  It then outlines the advantages and disadvantages for businesses of the changes. The two main issues it highlights are keeping noise suppressors (commonly if incorrectly known as silencers — the noise made by a firearm can be suppressed, but not silenced) on the USML; and automatic firearms will remain on the USML even though manufacturers commonly produce both automatic and semi-automatic firearms on the same line, or using the same parts.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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