Training Non-US Citizens - LEGAL ASPECTS

The recent thread New to Firearms? - Levels of Trust
opened an important subject that most here may not be aware of. I am repeating here my post in that thread.

Training Non-US Citizens - Legal Restrictions
Below is a statement shared by the NRA Education & Training Division to NRA Instructors a few months ago:

I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. This is legal information provided to the Education and Training Division from ILA lawyers after discussion with the US Departments of State and Commerce.

Due to current interpretations of International Traffic in Arms Regulations stemming from the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, only current, lawful “US Persons” - both US Citizens and lawful permanent Resident Aliens in possession of a current I-551 (colloquially known as a "Green Card”) are allowed to participate in NRA firearms training courses.

Bottom line - just as the ATF form 4473 states the legal requirements to buy a gun - those same requirements apply to gun training.

If you have further questions about the legality of providing firearms training to non US citizens, please consult an attorney familiar with ITAR, the Arms Export Control Act, firearms possession, and immigration.

Many professional firearms instructors I contacted were aware of this legal issue and will not train non-citizens, or will only treat green-card holders if not citizens.


Thanks for sharing. Humans are known to be boastful. Just because someone brags online doesn’t mean it really happened…


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