The unlawful exportation of munitions is a serious offense, often connected to providing material support to foreign terrorists, and other related charges. If you have been accused of illegally exporting munitions you will require top legal representation. Be sure to retain an attorney with experience and expertise in serious federal crimes and military law.

Exportation of Munitions Laws

Any charges brought against you relating to weapons exportation are likely going to be based on 22 U.S.C. ยงยง 2778-2880 and related statutes. These establish Presidential control on the import and export of defense articles, and the regulations/licenses required to do so. Weapons designated as defense articles and services are put on the United States Munitions List. There are 20 categories of weapons on the list, which include things like the following

  • Firearms - can also include military grade rifle scopes
  • Artillery - guns over caliber .50, mortars, flamethrowers
  • Ammunitions
  • Explosives, Propellants, Incendiary Agents - except pyrotechnic materials having dual military and commercial use
  • Launch Vehicles, Guided Missiles, Ballistic Missiles, Rockets, Torpedoes, Bombs and Mines
  • Tanks and Military Vehicles
  • Vessels of War - including Warships, amphibious warfare vessels, landing craft, mine warfare vessels, etc.
  • Military Training Equipment
  • Aircraft and Associated Equipment - militarily equipped aircraft and military engines
  • Protective Personnel Equipment - military grade body armor and protective apparel.
  • Toxicological Agents and Radiological Equipment
  • Nuclear Weapons Design and Test Equipment

Anyone who wishes to be a broker of items or services on the Munitions List has to register and pay a registration fee for a license . Whether licenses for items are granted or denied depends on whether the export could contribute to an arms race, help develop weapons of mass destruction, or support international terrorism. The violation of these rules can lead to 10 years in prison, $1 million in fines, or both. Making false statements or misstating material facts through omission on an export license application can also constitute a violation of these laws.

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