Some fellow bloggers wondered if they could send her one, to which Julie replied that the probable penalty for importing a sheet metal tube with a spring inside it, about as dangerous and mechanically complex as a Pez dispenser, without all the proper forms and baksheesh would be
The maximum penalty for importing these goods without import approval is a penalty not exceeding $275,000, imprisonment for 10 years, or both.Which, you know, ha-ha, Australia, right? With their horrible gun laws?
Not so fast. The "U.S. Person" who shipped the magazines might well get a good look at the wrong end of an arrest warrant themselves. As a matter of fact, if Julie were to come on vacation over here and attend a shooting course, the instructor could theoretically run afoul of ITAR, because he would be "furnishing assistance (including training)" to a foreign national and possibly exporting "technical data" by putting it in Julie's Australian head.
We've been making progress on the firearms law front in the US, but we've got a long way to go.
(H/T to pdb.)