International Traffic in Arms Regulations
Export of night vision equipment and optical sighting equipment is controlled by the U.S. Department of State Office of Defense Trade Controls, in accordance with International Traffic in Arms (ITAR), Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations Part 120-130 and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) U.S. Department of Commerce. It is unlawful to export or attempt to export or otherwise transfer or sell any hardware or technical data or furnish any service to any foreign person, whether abroad or in the United States, for which a license or written approval of the U.S. Government is required, without first obtaining the required licenses or written approval from the Department of the U.S. Government having jurisdiction. It is the Resellers/End Users responsibility to request and obtain export licenses for the export of the subject items, and to ensure that the requirements of all applicable laws, regulations and administrative policies are met. Sales or transfers to entities on the List of Debarred Parties, Denied Persons list and Embargoed Countries are strictly prohibited.
You absolutely cannot export ITAR restricted items without valid U.S. State Department approval. To do so without such approval is a Federal Offense and you will end up in a U.S. Federal Penitentiary. Claiming that you were unaware of the laws will not hold up in court.
You also cannot export or allow access to, any operator’s manuals or documentation, whatsoever, pertaining to US Gen 3 Night Vision Devices/Thermal. This has been confirmed with the US State Department and major Night Vision/Thermal Manufacturers. Exportation of Night Vision Devices includes international travel. This means you cannot take a night vision device with you if you leave the country to go hunting or on a safari. This means it cannot be taken out of the country by plane, train, boat, or automobile. Doing so is in direct violation of ITAR and, again, you will go to a Federal Penitentiary. This includes all civilian and law enforcement personnel. It is important to note that many accessories such as Laser Range Finders, mounts, etc. may also be ITAR controlled items. Always do your research before making any assumptions that could land you in prison. Please help keep this technology in the US so our War Fighters and Law Enforcement can maintain a competitive edge abroad and at our borders.