US revamps gun export oversight

24 January 2020

The US federal government has finalised new rules aimed at making it easier for US gun manufacturers to export some of their wares.

For firearms and ammunition that do not perform an "inherently military function" or give US forces an advantage, the export licensing process will move from the State Department to the less onerous Commerce Department. Many of the guns covered by the transfer, such as .22 calibre rifles, are already widely available in US and foreign retail stores, the government pointed out.

The State Department will continue to license exports of firearms that perform an inherently military function or give US forces an edge, such as a new, high-tech military rifle.

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