Friday, February 9, 2024

HeadHunters NW Video Podcast Exposes Export Ban Surprises with Global Defense’s CEO, Jordan Young

HeadHunters NW, the leading executive recruiting firm specializing in talent acquisition for the international small arms, shooting sports, and defense industries, presents the next episode of the HeadHunters NW Podcast recorded during SHOT Show 2024. Hosted by Shaylene Keiner, President of HeadHunters NW, this timely episode features an enlightening discussion with Jordan Young, CEO of Global Defense, addressing the recent export restrictions impacting U.S. firearms manufacturers and exporters.

Young, a specialist in global product exportation, heads Global Defense, a U.S.-based importer, exporter, and wholesale distributor of firearms, components, accessories, ammunition, and specialized equipment for commercial, military, and law enforcement markets.

Keiner underscores, “With no warning, the U.S. Department of Commerce paused processing commercial export licenses for 90 days in October of 2023. My conversation with Jordan in Episode #26 highlights these regulations' negative impact on the industry’s economy, U.S. exporters, manufacturers, and countries worldwide.”

Keiner explained that foreign trade (exports) of semi-automatic firearms from U.S. manufacturers is essentially shut down. “Consider how detrimental that is for domestic companies, who generate up to 30 percent of their annual revenues from exports. The trickle-down from manufacturers is tremendous and hurts businesses, workers, and local economies. Jordan described rumors that more severe regulations are coming, and even valid, current export licenses will be pulled in addition to requiring end-user passport information.”

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Keiner emphasizes that this issue demands an all-hands-on-deck approach, urging individuals to proactively engage by contacting federal lawmakers and expressing opposition to the Department of Commerce's export restrictions. Leaked documents from the Department of Commerce suggest severe restrictions on the exportation of semi-automatic firearms, compounding the urgency for immediate action. “Please share this episode with folks you know in the industry and Second Amendment community,” she added.

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