Trump Moves to Make Foreign Gun Sales Less Transparent

Plan Would Shift Oversight From State Department to Commerce Department

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Reuters: “The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials.”

“Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, four officials told Reuters.”

“‘There will be more leeway to do arms sales,’ one senior administration official said. ‘You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.'”

“The powerful U.S. gun lobby backed Trump in the 2016 election. The National Rifle Association spent more than $30 million in support of his candidacy. “I am going to come through for you,” Trump told the NRA convention in April.”