Holy screaming meemies, what a raging clusterfoxtrot ITAR has become.
As is the case with the WarOnDrugs,the WarOnGuns,the WarOnTobacco, the WarOnAnythingTheGoobermintDoesNOTLike, if you sell, make or sneeze around anything-concrete pipe,rifle scopes, cattle prods,et.al you are guilty until proven innocent, citizen, based on the whim and caprice of some pencil necked twit with a gun and badge ensconced in a conference room far, far away.
The only difference between the SHOT Show arrests and the historical record of Import/Export Violations is the pencil necked twits with guns and badges are no longer content to prosecute ACTUAL imaginary crimes and have now moved instead to prosecute IMAGINARY imaginary crimes called “stings”.
Tyranny by another name would stink as much.
Welcome, AGAIN, to the 21st Century. Orwell and Kafka would be SO proud of the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free.
NO ONE is safe. No One.
View the links and examples.
Some wild,wacky,crazy examples:
STURM, RUGER AND COMPANY,INC.
On November 8, 2002, the Commerce Department imposed a civil penalty of $11,000 on Sturm, Ruger and Company, Inc., Southport, Connecticut, to settle an allegation that the company exported rifle scopes to Oman, without the required export license. At the time, the scopes were controlled for export under ECCN 0A985 for Crime Control reasons.
THOMPSON/CENTER ARMS CO., INC.
The Department of Commerce has imposed a $25,000 civil penalty onThompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. of Rochester, New Hampshire, on May 8, 2002 in settlement of allegations that the company exported rifle and pistol scopes from the United States without the required export licenses.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) alleged that on five occasions in 1998, Thompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. exported rifle and pistol scopes to Argentina, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland without the export licenses required by the Export Administration Regulations.
Thompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 to settle these charges.
Payment of $12,500 of the penalty was suspended and will be waived after one year, provided that the company does not commit any violations during that one-year period.
On December 19, 1997, a U.S. district judge in Yakima, Wasington sentenced Jack Baugher to pay a $130,000 fine, and a $400 special assessment fee, serve five years’ probation with four months of home detention, and to perform 100 hours of community service, based on his guilty plea to illegally exporting pepper spray and stun guns to the Philippines and Mexico.
In addition, on August 3, 1998, the Commerce Department denied Baugher all U.S. export privileges until December 19, 2005, pursuant to Section 11(h) of the Export Administration Act.
SUBURBAN GUNS (PTY) LTD.
On July 25, 1997, Suburban Guns (Pty) Ltd. of Capetown, South Africa, was fined $10,000 and placed on two-year’s probation, and ordered to pay a $600 special assessment fee in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, for illegally exporting shotguns, rifles, and ammunition to South Africa.
On March 23, 1998, the Commerce Department imposed a 10-year denial of export privileges pursuant to Section 11(h) of the EAA. The Commerce Department’s Office of Export Enforcement’s field office in New York investigated the case jointly with the U.S. Customs Service.
JAMES L. STEPHENS/WEISSER’S SPORTING GOODS
On November 28, 1995, the Commerce Department imposed a 15-year denial of export privileges and a $60,000 civil penalty on James L. Stephens, president and co-owner of Weisser’s Sporting Goods, National City, California, for the alleged illegal export of certain U.S.-origin shotguns to Namibia and South Africa.
Separately, on January 16, 1996, Weisser’s Sporting Goods was fined of $30,000 and placed on three years’ probation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Weisser’s Sporting Goods had pled guilty to one count of violating U.S. export control laws in connection with the export of shotguns to South Africa in the District Court on November 20, 1995.
The case was the result of an investigation by the Commerce Department’s Los Angeles Office of Export Enforcement.