Democrats Investigating Trump Administrations Reversal of Gun Silencer Export Ban

In response to the Trump administrations repeal on banning the sale of gun suppressors, better known as silencers, to foreign countries, House Democrats have begun an investigation into the July 10 decision.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, requested documents related to the new policy, saying in a letter to the Director Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russell Vought that the committee is “deeply concerned” that a White House official motivated by personal gain led the charge to undo the ban.

“The Subcommittee on National Security is deeply concerned by the Trump Administrations July 10, 2020, decision to overturn a longstanding prohibition on the export of firearm sound suppressors to private entities located in foreign countries,” wrote Lynch in a letter (pdf) to the White House.

The American Suppressor Association (ASA), a trade group representing silencer manufacturers, on their webpage stated, “We exist for one reason and one reason only: to fight for pro-suppressor reform nationwide.”

The Democrats letter goes on to say that the change in policy may risk the safety of U.S. military personnel, but did not specify how.

ASA wrote in a July statement that their organization was “thrilled” with the Trump administrations decision on the export of suppressors, specifically in the ability of American suppressor makers to profit.

“The State Departments rescission of the misguided and ill-informed April 18, 2002, internal memorandum that unilaterally prohibited the commercial exportation of suppressors is the culmination of six years of work by the American Suppressor Association,” the ASA statement said.

“The ability to compete in existing foreign markets will generate millions of dollars in annual revenue for small businesses across the country, increasing US exports and creating hundreds of American jobs in the process,” the ASA statement added.

Meanwhile, for Democrats, ASAs ability to profit from the policy change was of grave concern.

“We are further disturbed by recent reports that the decision was made at the urging of a White House official with personal and financial ties to the American Suppressor Association (ASA), wRead More From Source

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