Gun Stocks Soar On Report Trump Set To Ease Export Rules

Tyler Durden's picture

In a week in which the MIC already scored big with Monday's sale of Orbital, today it was the NRA's turn to rejoice, when gun stocks soared on a Reuters report that the Trump administration was preparing "to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, assault rifles and ammunition" to foreign buyers. The stocks of Ruger, Smith & Wesson and American Outdoor brands have all soared by as much as 18% on the news.

According to Reuters sources, aides to President Donald Trump - which these days mostly includes retired army generasl - are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department. The difference is that while the State Department is primarily concerned about international threats to stability and maintains tight restrictions on weapons deals, the Commerce Department typically focuses more on facilitating trade, in other words growing it.

“The NSC is working through the interagency process with the State Department and the Department of Commerce to ensure that U.S. industries have every advantage in the global marketplace, while at the same time ensuring the responsible export of arms,” said an official with the White House National Security Council.

And that's how Trump repays the NRA for its support during his campaign: the National Rifle Association spent more than $30 million in support of his candidacy. “I am going to come through for you,” Trump told the NRA convention in April.

He now has.

The new rules will reportedly cut government red tape and regulatory costs, boosting U.S. exports of small arms and creating jobs at home.

“There will be more leeway to do arms sales,” one senior administration official said. “You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way.”


The push fits both Trump’s support for the gun lobby espoused on the campaign trail and his “Buy American” agenda.

Critics, among them lawmakers and arms control advocates, have expressed concern that any easing of export rules could make powerful weapons of the type often used in U.S. mass shootings more accessible to criminal gangs and militants that Trump has vowed to fight. Of course, Trump has also vowed to stimulate the economy and having failed to do so so far, will take whatever he can get.

The new rules have been largely finalized according to Reuters, and could be sent to the White House budget office for review within days. The changes which can be implemented without congressional approval could be made public this fall, followed by a period of public comment, with implementation as early as the first half of next year, the officials said. The officials stressed, however, that the proposed shift in oversight was not a blanket deregulation of firearms.

While details are lacking, gun investors are shooting first, so to say, and asking questions much later.

Ironically, the potential foreign boost in sales comes at an awkward time for domestic sales, which have slumped after Obama left the presidency, and took away the persistent threat of gun confiscation. Reuters has more details:

The move, part of a broader Trump administration overhaul of weapons export policy that the officials say is also nearing completion, comes at a time when U.S. gun makers could use the help.


Domestic gun sales have fallen significantly after soaring under President Barack Obama, when gun enthusiasts stockpiled weapons and ammunition out of fear that the government would tighten gun laws.

Since Trump was elected in November, the share price for Smith & Wesson owner American Outdoor Brands Corp is down 50% and Sturm Ruger has fallen 26 percent. And, as the chart below shows, both brands stand to benefit from easier export protocols, alongside Vista Outdoor and the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, which owns the Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture


Too damn bad these will all be going to governments and not civilians.

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty.  When the people fear the government, there is tyranny."

IWI, H&K, FNH, and SIG are tough competition for the Americans.

Kafir Goyim's picture

What "foreign buyers" exactly?  I am looking for a country that allows me to carry guns, and they are few and far between and still require lots of red tape.  Now I am to understand by these stock prices, that there is some huge market for small arms in multiple foreign countries?

gatorengineer's picture

Czech Republic Switzerland and Hungary as far as nice places. All of Africa the middle east for shitholes.

NoDebt's picture

Prices on ARs in my area have really dropped since Obama won.  $500 for a new entry-level AR?  My wife wants one for Christmas... I might just get it for her.

You can even find 22LR rounds on the shelves now.  Been a while since that was the case (about 8 years, mysteriously).


robertsgt40's picture

I wonder how many nations around the world could've resolved issues with their govts had the populace had a 2nd Amendment right?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Save yer bucks and get her a real AK47 or AK74. An M-14 would be better yet!

Overfed's picture

I'd be a lot happier if they were easing import restrictions instead.

secretargentman's picture

I hear the people of Catalonia may be needing to import some of this hardware in the near future. Gun running is an old and noble profession. Risky, though...

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Yeah, not much fun being in leg irons, and handcuffed to a waist shackle, then stuffed in an 8x12 freezing cell. (Not that I would know, of course.)

VD's picture

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FreeShitter's picture

Find a new hobby already.

NoDebt's picture

It's only funny once.


VD's picture

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FreeShitter's picture

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VD's picture

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FreeShitter's picture

Me too, im sorry your mommy didnt put you on austism meds at a much earlier age....

Kafir Goyim's picture

His posts are so stupid, they actually cause cancer.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

FNH manufactures in the US. (Columbia, SC and McLean VA)
Ditto HK. (Newington, NH)
Ditto Glock. (Smyrna, GA)

Edit: Add Sig to the list.

SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)
Published Date: 01/20/2017
Manufactured in New Hampshire

And don't think you are Joe Patriot if you bought a Springfield Armory pistol in polymer.

Made In Brazil

PoorWhiteMan's picture

Actually, they're made in Croatia.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Sure are. Got my wires crossed with Taurus.
Thanks for correcting.

lester1's picture

Liberals call them "long guns"..

PoorWhiteMan's picture

Depends on how you classify that comment. FN is the only one you list that makes heavy machine guns and SAW's. HK does well in small arms as does Sig Sauer. But LMT just got a Philippine military contract? Daniel Defense sells rifles to SOCOM and JSOC like they're going out of style. Then there are companies like LaRue, GA precision, Knight's Armament that also sell to SOCOM and JSOC. And whatever JSOC and SOCOM are buying every spec ops forces on the planet follows suit. So in short your comment is false. American weapon manufacturers are the standard for precision and reliability. You just don't know a hell of a lot about it.

0valueleft's picture

Yeah, and the new Jeeps are tough as the CJ series. Where I live every jackass drives a new jeep with a factory Led light bar and shows up to the range with the latest tacticool gadget m-loked to there over populated rail from all the companies you mentioned, who are the standard for making you think you have to spend tons of money to look like the guys in the movies. They do look the part, except for being 150 pds overweight and shooting from a bench with a shiney gun. The cookie cut militia, not impressed.

perikleous's picture

Lets be real, Trump would approve selling Nukes around the world if he could "turn a profit"



NickyGall's picture

Apparently, 300 million guns aren't enough.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Yes, that's true. The more that the good guys have, the better. When Obama's sons try to pop a cap in yo azz, put them in jail. But, let honest people defend themselves.

gatorengineer's picture

Not nearly everyone needs at least a pistol and shit gun. He'll throw in a black rifle too. Let's say the target number for the US should be 1.2 billion

RumpleShitzkin's picture


Now I gott go buy another million and one to piss you off.

Gonna need a bigger safe.

ssgredux's picture

Nope.  Not even close.

clade7's picture

I just got myself a 6 cal Webley Vickers double action Automatic pump Shitgum!  Its got halogen sights, titanium receiver, over under breechload option, Cochise Thumbhole stock!


I reload it with 220gr of Winchester 760 ball, Norco primers, and recycled D cell batteries for slugs!  You know what I'm saying?


(This is what I like to tell my Lib BIL...of course like you, he dont know shit from apple butter about guns)

NumNutt's picture

Guns for everyone!!!!! WooooHooooo, what could go wrong?

gatorengineer's picture

Much better idea to only let governments have guns right? That what Michael Moore told you?

NumNutt's picture

Actually I am a big gun nut, got a nice collection.  I am hoping that this means ammo is going to be more available, haven't been able to buy a 500 round brick of 22 LR's in a helluv a long time.  I was just being sarcastic. Shit my state is a legal conceal carry with no documentation, and yes everyone tends to be very polite to each other...

RumpleShitzkin's picture

22LR is flooding back in big time. And not just overpriced 50 Rd boxes of it.
Just bought a big ass bucket of Remington last week.
Might wanna check in to the places you buy it. Bet there is plenty there now.

gatorengineer's picture

I have seen it at Wally for 5 cents a round like the good old days

RumpleShitzkin's picture

As much as you wanna buy in central Indiana

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Walmart is now requiring ID to buy ammo.

Ben A Drill's picture

Let California have the right to have more than 10 rounds per magazine. Allow pistol grips, and detachable magazines. Folding stocks and silencers. Is that asking to much?

Two Theives and a Liar's picture

...and repeal the NYSAFE act.

Anything but...

ShorTed's picture

Apparently it is.  But i'm sure if you can locate the appropriate Commisar they will give you the stack of forms necessary to apply for all of the above.

You'd be better off moving from the people's republic.

ludwigvmises's picture

We should have automatic weapons and silencers, just like all the gang members. I should be able to defend my kids with the same weapons criminals are using.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

I should be able to defend me life with a weapon on par with top militaries the world over.
Could give two squats what the gangbangers are slinging.

The_Juggernaut's picture

Yes. Liberal Californians can't be trusted with weapons. They don't even trust themselves and I'm not inclined to argue the point.