U.S. crime control export licensing updates proposed
The U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security has proposed a number of updates and clarifications to its export license requirements for crime control devices.
These devices include 'striking weapons,' restraints, shotguns and parts, optical sighting, and electric shock equipment. The proposed rule would also add equipment designed for executions to the Commerce Control List.
'This proposed rule would make no changes to the longstanding policy of denial of applications to export or re-export specially designed implements of torture,' BIS said in a Federal Register notice on Tuesday.
The agency said the proposed rule would provide additional illustrations of such items and would 'adopt a definition of torture used in a U.S. statute that implements the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment.'
Comments regarding the proposed rule are due to BIS by no later than Sept. 25.