Aides to President Trump are reportedly finalizing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military gun sales from the State Dept to the Commerce Dept. Such a shift would allow US gun makers more leeway in selling guns and ammo to foreign buyers and expand market sales of such items as AR-15s and US made 5.56 and .223 guns.
The shift in oversight from the State to the Commerce Dept does NOT require any action or legislation by Congress and, thus, Trump can do this on his own. The Commerce Dept is far more interested in increasing trade numbers more than it is in restricting firearms and ammo sales. The move would expand the market for US gun makers and ammo makers by about 20% or more annually.
As a candidate Trump ran on a pro-gun platform but much of his effort to get through pro-gun legislation in Congress has been stifled by Republicans and Democrats alike. This is also true of most of Trump’s other agendas. One example is the National Reciprocity for Concealed Weapons still being held up in Congress thanks to Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Massie, both Republicans, who refuse to let Congress consider the legislation That initiative was put forward back in January and is basically DOA.
The US Commerce Dept is more concerned about increasing trade numbers, sales, and US profits. The State Dept is more concerned about guns getting into the wrong hands such as the Mexican drug cartels who already have them thanks to Obama’s botched ATF operation Fast & Furious! By moving oversight to the Commerce Dept the focus will shift on profit and expanding markets and less so on guns and ammo getting into the wrong hands. And, again, Trump can do this on his own WITHOUT approval or any action by Congress. Or should I say the DO-NOTHING-CONGRESS? They haven’t done one damned thing since Trump’s inauguration except stifle every piece of legislation Trump supports. In fact, they’ve basically set on their sorry asses collecting FAT paychecks and that’s about it. I still say they are a completely WORTHLESS body of 535 people.
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