On February 8, 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Sabre Defense Industries LLC and five employees, including the owner, president, CFO, and a sales director and manager for violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The indictment alleges several illicit activities, in particular, that the defendants caused firearm components to be exported overseas since 2003 without an export control license or permission from the U.S. Department of State. Further, the indictment alleges that the defendants used e-mail to communicate with persons overseas regarding the shipment of firearm components without an export control license or permission. Violations of the AECA incur a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and $1 million in fines. The indictment serves as a reminder that an export control license from the U.S. government may be necessary before sending certain firearm components and related technical information, such as intellectual property, to a foreign national abroad or in the United States.
(Source: The Shooting Wire)