Lee Calls Out Commerce: Time's Up on Pause for Gun Export Licenses

February 21, 2024


WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) led a letter urging the Biden Administration to end the unilateral pause on issuing new export licenses for American firearms manufacturers by the Department of Commerce. This pause, initiated on October 27, 2023, purportedly to enhance national security interests, has instead inflicted financial harm on numerous businesses without tangible security benefits. Despite indicating that the pause would last only approximately 90 days, the moratorium on issuing new export licenses remains in effect, and the Commerce Department refuses to clarify when they will lift the pause.


The letter was signed by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Braun (R-IN), James E. Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).

For a link to the full letter, click HERE.