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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.

2-26-19 Alert - Executive Director, Johanna Reeves, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. At a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Ms. Reeves spoke in favor of the proposed rules that would transition most firearms and ammunition from the export controls of the State Department's International Traffic in Arms Regulations over to the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department and its Export Administration Regulations. She was the only witness offering testimony in support of the proposed rules. The other witnesses, representing Amnesty International and The Arms Control Association, were firmly opposed. You can watch the full hearing here. A copy of Ms. Reeves's prepared statement is available here.

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

Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference (IM/EX)

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 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.  Since 2011, F.A.I.R. has sponsored the event with NSSF and together, the two organizations have grown the conference to be the pinnacle import and export compliance event in the firearms and ammunition industries.  IM/EX offers valuable access to government regulators in charge of licensing, enforcement, and policy from the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury, Homeland Security, Justice, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Audience at Conference

Register Today for the 2019 Firearms Import/Export Conference!

Registration is now open for the 18th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference. The conference will take place on July 30 - August 1, 2019, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference will provide the most up-to-date information on changes affecting the federal agencies regulating your import and export operations, and will offer optional add-on sessions and round table events with government regulators.


Our Recent Actions

July 15, 2019 
F.A.I.R. Trade Group argues for extending the International Import Certificate to two years instead of 6 months. Click Here to Read More!

July 9, 2018 
F.A.I.R. Trade Group submits comments in support of State and Commerce proposed rules to transition firearms and ammunition from export controls of U.S. Munitions List to Commerce Control List. Click Here to Read More!

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. Click Here to Read More!

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. Click Here to Read More!

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. Click Here to Read More!

August 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. Click Here to Read More!

September 12, 2013
F.A.I.R. Trade Group Executive Director Johanna Reeves participates in Heritage Foundation Panel, "Assessing the Risks of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty." Full video available here.

July 11, 2012
F.A.I.R. Trade Group addresses the United Nations on the Arms Trade Treaty.  Representing businesses engaged in legitimate and legal trade in firearms, F.A.I.R. voiced its opposition to an all-encompassing and legally binding treaty that will infringe on legitimate international trade in firearms that can be lawfully owned for individual defense, sporting or collecting purposes.  "We caution the ATT will perpetuate the uneven playing field in international trade because every state, under the guise of sovereignty, will enact exactly what it wants to accomplish its own trade goals. The ATT then will become yet one more tool for certain governments to increase their market share to the detriment of those democracies that accept and abide by the treaty." Johanna Reeves, Executive Director for F.A.I.R., presented the statement to the U.N.