The United States has paused the approval of new export licenses for most civilian firearms and ammunition sold to all non-governmental users for 90 days.
The United States has paused the approval of new export licenses for most civilian firearms and ammunition sold to all non-governmental users for 90 days, the Commerce Department said late Friday, citing national security and foreign policy interests.
The decision includes most semiautomatic and non-automatic firearms, shotguns, and optical sights.
The Commerce Department is also reviewing its support of the country’s biggest gun trade show to ensure it “does not undermine US policy interests.”
“The review will be conducted with urgency and will enable the Department to more effectively assess and mitigate risk of firearms being diverted to entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities,” the department said in its announcement.
The Commerce Department gave no further details about the motivation behind the decision, nor whether long-term changes could be expected in the future.
The halt covers most of the guns and ammunition that could be purchased in a U.S. gun store, said Johanna Reeves, a lawyer who specializes in export controls and firearms with the law firm Reeves &