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ND – Industry Insider – House votes to block Trump bid to ease small-arms exports

Legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives would block President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul small-arms export policy to make it easier for gun makers to sell weapons like flamethrowers and grenades to foreign buyers. The administration’s proposal would transfer regulation of some firearms exports to the Commerce Department from the State Department, which critics said would lessen oversight of such sales. “This doesn’t prevent or create any new restrictions on arms exports. It simply protects congressional oversight, protects national security, and keeps deadly weapons from falling into the hands of drug cartels and terrorists. I urge its swift passage in the Senate,” Democratic U.S. Representative Norma Torres, who sponsored the amendment, said in a statement on Tuesday. Advocates of the proposed change say it would free gun manufacturers from paying an annual licensing fee to the State Department and boost their ability to succeed in a competitive world market.  [full article]

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