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Your Voice in U.S. Federal Government

Advocating on Behalf of Firearm Importers and Exporters

Firearms owners and businesses in the trade benefited from limited congressional action last session of Congress. Several legislative initiatives dealing with firearms policy will undoubtedly allow for consideration of measures important to the importing and exporting community. The F.A.I.R. Trade Group is working with Congress to promote and improve legislation that could have a profound impact on the membership of our organization. Included in these initiatives are efforts to reform BATF enforcement procedures and to reform ATF import policy to clarify certain import restrictions.

What Has F.A.I.R. Done for You?

The F.A.I.R. Trade Group looks back on its success over the years with pride as it notes a continued record of success in addressing the needs of our membership. We are the only trade organization devoted solely to protecting and advocating for the firearm and ammunition import and export communities. Our accomplishments include:

  • Successfully Petitioning ATF to Extend the Period of Validity for the Form 6 Import Permit from 1 to 2 Years
  • Restricting ATF from Changing the Definition of a Sporting Purpose Firearm
  • Restricting ATF from Making Any Changes to the Current Curio & Relic List
  • Developing Legislation & Securing the Support of the Industry, White House, Department of Justice & Congressional Advocates to Correct the Determination of DOJ That Certain Barrels, Frames & Receivers Are Not Importable
  • Promoting & Securing the Development of a 'Dual Use' Barrel Policy for Importation
  • Advocating for Increasing the Exemption Value of Firearm Parts Exported to Canada to $500
  • Submitting Comments on Behalf of Membership to State Department Proposed Rules
  • Intervening on Behalf of the Membership to Raise Concerns Regarding U.S. Export Controls Policies Implemented by the U.S. Department of State

Importers' Conference

Prior to 2001, no public forum existed where firearm and ammunition importers could gather to learn about regulatory changes and policy affecting their businesses. The F.A.I.R. Trade Group was the only trade organization to work with ATF to bring about the first conference dedicated to discussing the regulatory matters and government policies associated with firearms and ammunition importation into the United States. The conference has been held every year since then in the Washington, DC, area. In 2011, due to budgetary constraints, ATF was not able to continue its sponsorship of the conference and turned it over to the industry. 2017 marks the seventh year that F.A.I.R. and the National Shooting Sports Foundation have worked together to co-sponsor the conference.

Audience at Conference

Our Recent Actions

April 3, 2017
ATF grants F.A.I.R. Trade Group petition to extend term of validity for law enforcement demonstration letters from six months to one year.

November 4, 2016
Today, the F.A.I.R. Trade Group received a response from the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to our request for clarification on the applicability of the $1 million threshold for Congressional Notification to parts and components controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

June 1, 2016
Executive Director Johanna Reeves is appointed to the 2016-18 Defense Trade Advisory Group.

May 25, 2016
F.A.I.R. Trade Group petitions State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, for reduction in registration fees under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Aug. 28, 2015
F.A.I.R. Trade Group petitions ATF to change the Form 9 to a NOTICE to be filed following lawful exportation, rather than an application submitted prior to import.