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Monday, 30 November 2015

YOUSHOP - But No Guns:

New Zealand Post 'YouShop'  is an excellent mail/parcel forwarding service - but has a list of 'Prohibited Items' that in part states:

 "All of the following firearms, weaponry,  military & tactical equipment items (including parts) and ammunition are prohibited" ..

- Now I thought that this was unfair and discriminatory - so I asked them to state what legitimate reason they might have for refusing carriage of lawful and legally permitted importations of sporting firearms and parts into New Zealand by properly licenced and endorsed sporting shooters.

Reply:

" We are not permitted to ship firearms and parts from the USA due to ITAR Regulations. Customs in the USA do not permit us to ship the goods out of the USA via You Shop.

Sorry for the inconvenience YouShop is not a service suitable for the shipping of firearms and parts.

Admin, New Zealand Post."
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- So I looked-up ITAR:

 THE INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN ARMS REGULATIONS.

Wikipedia says that for practical purposes - ITAR regulations dictate that information and material pertaining to defence and military related technologies (items listed in the US Munitions List) may only be shared with US persons unless authorisation from the US Department of State is received or a special exemption is used. etc., etc., ....

 - So I next looked-up US Munitions List (USML):

Wikipedia says The United States Munitions List is a list of articles, services, and related technology designated as "defense and space related" by the United States federal government pursuant to the  Arms Export Control Act sections 38 & 47(7) .. (AECA)

The USML may be found in Part 121 of title 22, Foreign Relations of  The Code of Federal Relations (CFR). - The Directorate of Defence Trade Controls (DDTC) administers the regulations.

Phwww - So, on reflection, I conclude that NZ Post YouShop are using the US concerns to limit the spread of destructive military and space related technology - as an excuse to restrict how sporting shooters in New Zealand are 'permitted' to buy and obtain their equipment and supplies.

I haven't noticed yet how these multiple laws have actually prevented the export and sales of military weapons of mass destruction used in areas of ongoing conflict ..

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Four Million Syrian refugees flooded into Europe indicate that ITAR,  USML,  CFR, AECA, and DDTC all have little or no effect on limiting exports of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) - other than on sporting goods for legally licenced target shooters and hunters elsewhere.

Marty K.