Biden Administration Will Restrict U.S.-Made Firearms Exports


The Biden administration, through its Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), will impose new gun export restrictions starting May 30, 2024. These restrictions will affect a wide range of gun exports to 36 countries world-wide. These new restrictions follow gun export “pauses” mandated last October. Fox News explains:

“The Biden administration plans to impose new restrictions on firearms exports and increase scrutiny on transactions … a Commerce Department official said late on Thursday. The department on Oct. 27 issued a pause on most firearm exports to assess the ‘risk of firearms being diverted to entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities.’

The Department plans to announce on Friday it will lift the pause from May 30 when the new restrictions take effect. The Commerce Department expects the restrictions to result in about a 7% reduction, or $40 million, out of the $600 million in average annual U.S. firearm exports, the official said.”

Additionally, the Commerce Department will revoke some export licenses and will cut some licenses from four years to one-year. SEE Legal Analysis.

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By Larry Keane, NSSF Senior V.P. and General Counsel

“President Joe Biden’s relentless rebukes of the firearm industry and law-abiding gun owners isn’t just an infringement on our Second Amendment rights – it’s a calculated and well-financed attack on the fabric of American liberty. President Biden calls the firearm industry ‘the enemy’ and his administration is systematically attempting to dismantle the industry and pander to the whims of radical gun control lobbyists. The evidence is clear, and the statistics damning.

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently finalized a rule that made a 90-day firearm export ‘pause’ permanent policy and created burdensome regulatory requirements. Sold under the guise of national security, this policy will hamstring the U.S. firearm industry’s competitiveness and cost thousands of good-paying jobs by impeding a critical revenue source. The economic impact is staggering, with estimates far exceeding $250 million – a devastating blow to an industry already reeling from government overreach.” READ Full Story on

This new Department of Commerce Rule goes into effect on May 30, 2024. The new firearms export policies are explained in the Federal Register:

“In this interim final rule (IFR), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to enhance the control structure for firearms and related items[.] This rule identifies semi-automatic firearms under new Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs); adds additional license requirements for Crime Control and Detection (CC) items, thereby resulting in additional restrictions on the availability of license exceptions for most destinations; amends license review policies so that they are more explicit as to the nature of review that will accompany different types of transactions and license exception availability (including adding a new list of high-risk destinations); updates and expands requirements for support documentation submitted with license applications; and better accounts for the import documentation requirements of other countries (such as an import certificate or other permit prior to importation) when firearms and related items are authorized under a BIS license exception. … This rule is effective May 30, 2024.”

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