A Panel Discussion Featuring:
Lindsay Nichols (Giffords)
Kyleanne Hunter (Brady)
Kristen Rand (Violence Policy Center)
Jeff Abramson (Forum on the Arms Trade)
Colby Goodman (Transparency International Transparency International Defence and Security)
10:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.
April 17, 2019
2359 Rayburn House Office Building
In recent years, easy access to firearms has fueled the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS and drug trafficking organizations such as Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Across the world, firearms kill as many as a thousand people every day. As the world’s largest firearms exporter, the United States must focus on making sure that firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s new rule would actually weaken the rules for exporting firearms, posing serious risks to national security and human rights.
If the Trump administration’s draft rule goes into effect, oversight for firearms exports will transferred from the State Department to the Commerce Department. Major firearms exports could be approved with little to no congressional oversight. If we are not careful, some of those firearms could end up in the hands of criminals, terrorists, or narco-traffickers. In fact, reports have indicated that the new rules would allow for the proliferation of 3-D printed weapons, which would be a major blow to efforts to combat international gun trafficking. Even the rule’s supporters admit that the change would be significant: the National Sports Shooting Foundation estimates that firearms exports could increase as much as twenty percent. To permanently block the rule, I have introduced H.R. 1134, the Prevent Crime and Terrorism Act, which would prevent the President from removing firearms and related items from the State Department’s jurisdiction.
Please join me for a panel discussion with experts, who will discuss the national security and human rights implications of the administration’s plan.