Norma Torres Moves to Block Admin from Changing Firearm Export Regulations
The Trump administration wants to transfer firearm export regulation from the State Department to the Commerce Department, even though many experts have said the new regulations would weaken congressional oversight of firearms exports and would allow licenses to be approved with less scrutiny. Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) wants to put a stop to this proposal and last week introduced the Prevent Crime and Terrorism Act to block the administration from being able to do this. The legislation would prohibit the president from removing any items from the United States Munitions List, ensuring continued State Department oversight. “We should be doing everything we can to make sure guns don’t fall into the wrong hands,” said Torres. “Unfortunately, the Trump administration is doing just the opposite—making it easier for terrorists, drug cartels, and dictators to buy deadly weapons. If this dangerous proposal goes forward, we are going to see more instability in strategically important regions such as Central America.” More here.