Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Michael J. Garcia
announced today that the Department of Commerce has imposed a $25,000 civil
penalty on Thompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. of Rochester, New Hampshire, in
settlement of allegations that the company exported rifle and pistol scopes
from the United States without the required export licenses.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) alleged that on five occasions in 1998, Thompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. exported rifle and pistol scopes to Argentina, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland without the export licenses required by the Export Administration Regulations. Thompson/Center Arms Co., Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 to settle these charges. Payment of $12,500 of the penalty was suspended and will be waived after one year, provided that the company does not commit any violations during that one-year period.
BIS, formerly known as the Bureau of Export Administration, administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation, anti-terrorism, and short supply. Criminal penalties and administrative sanctions can be imposed for violations of the Export Administration Regulations.
Assistant Secretary Garcia commended Special Agent William L. Carter, Jr. from the Office of Export Enforcement's Boston field office for his investigation of the case.