View Full Version : Q: On rifle scope export

10-25-2009, 8:36 AM
Do you guys know by chance which rifle scope brands need export licences if any? Or does it only apply to night vision and thermal imaging hardware?

thanks for the info in advance...

Dr Rockso
10-25-2009, 2:45 PM
Ah, more fun with ITAR: the only laws more confusing than CA gun laws.
From the USML (http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/offdocs/itar/p121.htm):
Category I-Firearms

*(a) Nonautomatic, semi-automatic and fully automatic firearms to caliber .50 inclusive, and all components and parts for such firearms. (See 121.9 and 123.16-123.19 of this subchapter.)

(b) Riflescopes manufactured to military specifications, and specifically designed or modified components therefor; firearm silencers and suppressors, including flash suppressors.

*(c) Insurgency-counterinsurgency type firearms or other weapons having a special military application (e.g. close assault weapons systems) regardless of caliber and all components and parts therefor.

(d) Technical data (as defined in 120.21 of this subchapter) and defense services (as defined in 120.8 of this subchapter) directly related to the defense articles enumerated in paragraphs (a) through (c) of this category. (See 125.4 of this subchapter for exemptions.) Technical data directly related to the manufacture or production of any defense articles enumerated elsewhere in this category that are designated as Significant Military Equipment (SME) shall itself be designated SME.
Most hunting scopes would probably be just fine, ACOGs and that sort of thing might be problematic.

If OpticsPlanet sells it they usually do a good job noting whether they consider that particular scope an ITAR product or not.

10-26-2009, 2:39 PM
Thanks for this great info.

What's you call on this one: Burris 4-12x42 Laser Rifle Scope