News ATF to Treat Imports from Hong Kong the same as China Forrest Cooper January 25, 2022 Join the Conversation Depending on who you ask, you will receive a different answer to the question: How many Countries are there currently in the World? Over the last 600 years, the concept of a country or state has also driven geopolitical events, as the milieu shifted from kingdoms to nations in the Western Hemisphere. In the 21st Century, the ramifications of the last decades of conflict have resulted in situations where some entities recognize a geographical region to be a country of itself, where others do not. Hong Kong has been one of these locations, where until recently the BATFE did not follow the same embargo on defense articles that it did with China. As tensions rise between Taiwan and China, at the same time that Russia postures around Ukraine, so the BATFE has chosen to treat Hong Kong as if it were part of China in regards to the importation of defense articles, which could include components and optics. Although the BATFE is still waiting on guidance from the Department of State, they have chosen to delay requests from Hong Kong until clarification on the Arms Export Control Act has been made. Both import and export laws apply to defense articles, which are defined as follows: Defense Article means any item or technical data that is specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted, or modified for a military, missile, satellite, or other controlled use listed on the USML. Defense articles also include things such as models, mock-ups, or other items, i.e. technical data related to items. Note that sometimes defense articles include items not listed on the USML.https://www.tradecompliance.pitt.edu/manual-guidelines/guidance-documents/export-defense-articles-and-services-itar#:~:text=Defense%20Article%20means%20any%20item,technical%20data%20related%20to%20items. Accessed 1/25/22. Many items fall under International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) related to firearms. While equipment such as night vision and suppressors are regulated, so can a trigger, upper receiver, or optic. Companies or manufacturing that take place in Hong Kong face new challenges, now that the BATFE has chosen to bring up the concern over their import or export status. More Gun Culture News from RECOIL 2021: This Year In Gun Culture. Punishment for Good Behavior.The ATF Raids Polymer80.Sig Braces, ATF Rulings, and the Inimicable Mr. Kingery. Explore RECOILweb:Steiner Adds MOA T5Xi Tactical Scope ModelsHenry Adds Non-NFA Lever Action Axe .410Gear on the Go: Vertx Contingency DuffleFirst Tactical Specialist 3-Day Pack NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.