BIS published FAQs for Categories I-III on the Control of Firearms, Guns, Ammunition and Related Articles

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July 9, 2020

BIS published FAQs for Categories I-III on the Control of Firearms, Guns, Ammunition and Related Articles

On Thursday, January 23, 2020, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security published a final rule, Control of Firearms, Guns, Ammunition and Related Articles the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML)(85 FR 4136), that became effective on Monday, March, 9, 2020.  To help exporters understand the final rule, BIS has published an FAQ guidance document on their website. 

The FAQs included in this document are part of the extensive public outreach BIS is conducting on the Commerce final rule issued on January 23, 2020. These FAQs are intended to assist in the understanding of the changes, but are not intended to supplant the Commerce final rule or other existing EAR provisions, as applicable, in making a determination regarding regulatory requirements under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR 730-774).  This Guidance does not create any privileges, benefits, or rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any individual, organization, party, or witness in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter. This information is for general guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for legal advice concerning the applicability of this rule to particular facts and circumstances.   

To view the FAQ guidance for Categories I-III (final rule), visit the BIS website or the following URL:

For the entirety of the January 23, 2020 rule, please visit:

The FAQs include sections on Export Clearance Requirements starting on page 43 of the document and Entry Clearance Requirements for Temporary Imports starting on page 52.

For questions regarding these FAQs, please contact the Bureau of Industry and Security via the following:


- Outreach and Educational Services Division (located in Washington, DC) (202) 482-4811

- Office of Technology Evaluation (located in Washington, DC): (202) 482-4933

- Western Regional Office (located in Irvine, CA) (949) 660–0144

- Northern California branch (located in San Jose, CA) (408) 998-8806

For general questions regarding AES, please contact the Economic Management Division (EMD) at the Bureau of the Census at 1-800-549-0595, option 1.

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