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U.S. Export Controls of Firearms: Examining the Regulatory Landscape, Foreign Policy, & Key Cases

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Produced on August 11, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Businesses who choose to engage in the business of exporting firearms or ammunition from the United States must be prepared to enter a labyrinth of regulatory controls that assuredly will make one’s head spin.  Several agencies, operating under various statutes, issue rules and regulations that may appear nonsensical, burdensome, and difficult to navigate.  This session, taught by seasoned practitioner Johanna Reeves, will provide a comprehensive overview of the regulatory landscape governing the exports of firearms and ammunition, the role of foreign policy, sanctions, and agency discretion in controlling exports, the unique impact of politics into the export licensing process for firearms and ammunition, and key cases. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what agencies govern exports of firearms and ammunition and the scope of their respective controls

  2. Develop best practices for an exporter of firearms and ammunition to avoid regulatory pitfalls

  3. Examine how courts have decided cases involving firearm exports

Credit Information

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Johanna E. Reeves

Reeves & Dola, LLP

Ms. Reeves is a Washington, DC and New York licensed attorney with more than 15 years’ experience counseling clients on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters arising under U.S. export controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions, the federal firearms laws, including the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act, and the federal explosives laws.  On March 26, 2019, Ms. Reeves testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Trump Administration’s proposed revisions to the ITAR and the EAR that would transition commercially available firearms and ammunition away from State Department jurisdiction. Since 2016, she has served on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), and since 2011, served as Executive Director to the nonprofit trade group, the Firearms and Ammunition Export/Import Roundtable.


Bonnie B.

A lot of information presented. Materials were very helpful to keep track of everything.

Georgian P.

Very interesting information! Knowledgeable and informative speaker!

arthur s.

very complicated set of agencies governing

Alicia R.

very professional

Gregory B.

This was an interesting course and the instructor was very knowledgeable but it was just not in my line of practice.

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