Kevin Wolf Quoted in The Hill on Proposed Change in Gun Export Licensing
Kevin Wolf, a partner in the international trade practice at Akin Gump, has been quoted by The Hill in the article “Planned shift on gun exports kicks up storm,” which reports that the Trump administration’s expected plan to transfer the licensing of gun exports from the State Department to the Commerce Department has Democratic lawmakers and foreign policy advocates preparing for a fight.
Under the proposed rules, the article reports, responsibility will shift to the Commerce Department for approving exports of nonmilitary firearms and ammunition that are already commercially available. Firearms and related articles that are not otherwise widely available for commercial sale would remain under State Department export licensing controls.
For those opposed to the changes, Wolf, a former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, said gun rights and gun control groups should say calm until they have seen the actual wording of the rule.
“Everybody just chill,” Wolf said. “Anyone who has any concerns should just relax until they see an actual rule to comment on.”