Washington - The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) today imposed a $64,000 civil penalty on Trijicon, Inc., a Michigan company, to settle allegations that it illegally exported U.S.- origin optical sighting devices for firearms, F. Amanda DeBusk, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, announced.
BXA alleged that on four separate occasions between 1994 and 1998 Trijicon, Inc., exported U.S. - origin optical sighting devices for firearms from the United States to Argentina and South Africa without the licenses that it knew were required by the Export Administration Regulations. While neither admitting nor denying the allegations, Trijicon, Inc. agreed to settle the allegations.
Special agents from Commerce's Chicago Office of Export Enforcement investigated the case. A portion of the fine, $19,500, has been suspended for one year.
The Department of Commerce, through its Bureau of Export Administration, administers and enforces export controls for reasons of national security, foreign policy, nonproliferation and short supply. Criminal penalties, as well as administrative sanctions, can be imposed for violations of the regulations.
In April of 2002 the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) changed its name to the Bureau of Industry and Security(BIS). For historical purposes we have not changed the references to BXA in the legacy documents found in the Archived Press and Public Information.