Sending Office: Honorable Norma J. Torres
Support Oversight of Firearms Exports
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Please join me in urging the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a key provision that preserves congressional oversight and regulation of firearms exports.
In recent years, easy access to firearms has fueled the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS and drug trafficking organizations such as Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. As the world’s largest firearms exporter, the United States must focus
on making sure that firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has proposed a rule that would actually weaken the rules for exporting firearms, posing serious risks to national security and human rights.
If the Trump administration’s proposed rule goes into effect, oversight for firearms exports will transfer from the State Department to the Commerce Department. Firearms exports will be approved with little to no congressional
oversight and could end up in the hands of criminals, terrorists, and other bad actors. In fact, reports have indicated that the new rules would allow for the proliferation of 3-D printed weapons, which would be a major blow to efforts to combat international
The House-passed FY2020 NDAA contains Section 1050, a provision that would prevent the President from moving items from Categories 1-3 of the United States Munitions List to the Commerce Control List. The items included in these
categories are principally significant military equipment, including firearms, flame throwers, and ammunition.
The Senate-passed bill does not include this provision –
so it is imperative that the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are made aware of the support this provision has in the House.
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Norma J. Torres
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