The administration of President Donald Trump is preparing to publish new rules that would increase the export of American firearms abroad, prompting protests from gun-control activists and human rights groups.
A US State Department official said on Tuesday that the long-delayed rule changes would move the oversight of commercial gun exports from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce.
In September, the Trump administration announced it was preparing to make it easier for US gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers.
The action is part of the Trump administration’s broader overhaul of weapons export policy that was announced in April.
Domestic gun sales have fallen significantly since the election of US President Donald Trump. Gun sales soared under former President Barack Obama, when gun enthusiasts stockpiled weapons and ammunition out of fear that the government would tighten…