WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Commerce today imposed a $10,000 civil penalty on Laser Devices, Inc., a Monterey, California exporter, to settle allegations that the company attempted to illegally ship laser gun aimer/sights to Taiwan, Commerce Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement F. Amanda DeBusk announced.
The Department alleged that in March, 1995 Laser Devices attempted to export U.S.-origin laser gun aimer/sights to Taiwan without the required Commerce authorizations. Commerce’s Office of Export Enforcement, San Jose Field Office and the U.S. Customs Service, RAC/San Jose investigated the case.
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.