Are you a small-time gunsmith, or do you use the services of any small-time gunsmiths?
If so, you could be out of business—or out of luck in finding someone to work on your guns—as a result of President Barack Obama’s latest executive order.
Last week, just as his fellow Democrats were gathering for their convention and gun-control group grope in Philadelphia, Obama issued another one of his anti-gun executive orders. This directive could drive many, if not most, small gunsmiths in the U.S. out of business.
Under Obama’s newest executive edict, many small gunsmiths who do fairly simple, unsophisticated jobs—such as threading a barrel or fabricating a small part to replace something broken in an older, out-of-production firearm—would be reclassified as “manufacturers” under the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
And because they would now suddenly be considered “manufacturers,” these small gunsmiths would be required to register themselves as manufacturers with the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)—and that registration for new applicants currently costs $2,250 per year.
For many gunsmiths, this $2,250-per-year registration fee would be prohibitively expensive—which likely means they would simply stop offering those services, and others, altogether.
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