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Illegal to Export Ammo?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by rhubarb, Aug 21, 2006.

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  1. rhubarb

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    I was reading the local paper here in South Texas a week or two ago about a woman arrested for trying to export ammunition to Mexico. She was a Mexican national about whom Customs had suspicions when she crossed over here. They followed her to several gun stores where she loaded up on various types of ammo. She had thousands, THOUSANDS of rounds in her van when arrested. She said that she was paid a certain amount per box she crossed back into Mexico. She was arrested on an unspecified felony charge.

    I know that it is illegal to carry your arms/ammo into Mexico under Mexican law.

    Is it illegal by American law? What might her crime have been? Illegal for non-resident to purchase ammo? Illegal to export? Is there some kind of agreement in place where American customs arrests people in Texas who intend to break Mexican law? What gives?
     
  2. wdlsguy

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    They probably popped her for violating 18 USC 922(g)(5).
     
  3. rhubarb

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    So they arrested her for not having a hunting license?

    Code snipped for brevity.

    Ok, thanks for the reference, wdlsguy.
     
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    There are many more relevant federal codes than Title 18, section 922. Look at the EAR and ITAR rules. Defense contractors get in hot water all the time for that. It covers things on the munitions list, and that list has (in addition to munitions) computers, guidance chips, technical information, ... many many things that can hose you.

    I wouldn't export a thing without investigating whether a license was required, as way too many things require a license. I'd be very careful taking a laptop computer to a foreign country because of their encryption laws or the US laws relating to export of certain software. I've also been told that quantity many times doesn't matter. One item on the controlled item list is all it takes.
     
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    I bet they probably got her for violation of the Arms Export Control Act. There are a few exemptions, but none for ammo, or guns. Sporting shotguns do have slightly easier export requirements than other weapons, but even there you need approval.

    Here are some various applicable sections:
     
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    The Department of State controls export of all munitions. Including ammunition.

    There are several exceptions to the statutes for American service members taking personally-owned firearms overseas, Americans going hunting overseas, etc. But no exception for foreign nationals NOT lawful residents of the US taking thousands of rounds out of the country.

    Go to jail. Do not pass go.
     
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