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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Level 3: Post-License/Pre-Shipment

Published: Wed 18 Nov 2009 05:17 PM
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN LEVEL 3: POST-LICENSE/PRE-SHIPMENT
END-USE CHECK ON LICENSE 050196988
REF: IIR 6 809 0246 09 OF 28 AUGUST 2009
1. (U) This is an Action Request. See paragraph 4.
2. (U) The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests Post's assistance in conducting
a post-license/pre-shipment check on license 050196988 for
the export of firearms and ammunition to Brazil. Post is
requested to complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days.
Lack of response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending
and future licenses involving parties to this license.
3. (U//FOUO) Reason for Request: PM/DTCC has not done many
Blue Lantern checks on firearms exported to Brazil, largely
due to the relatively small quantities of firearms that are
exported on any given export license. The current license
for six (6) firearms and ammunition components is typical of
most firearms export licenses to Brazil, in that the end-user
is a specific individual and the quantity is relatively
small. Nonetheless, reporting indicates that U.S.-origin
firearms continue to be used in crimes in Brazil (REFTEL).
This check is to establish the bona fides of the end-user and
determine if the firearms will be retransfer to another
end-user.
4. (U) Action Request: Post is requested to establish the
bona fides of end-user Joao Antonio Franciosi by making
inquiries to Mr. Franciosi and appropriate authorities of the
Government of Brazil. Post is requested to determine why the
end-user is importing six firearms and whether he is in the
business of selling firearms in Brazil. The following points
are included for guidance:
(To Joao Antonio Franciosi)
--Do you have any business interests in the firearms industry
of Brazil? Do you ever sell firearms in Brazil? Do you sell
firearms to customers that reside outside Brazil? If so,
have you ever sold firearms you received from U.S. vendors?
--Please explain why you are importing six (6) firearms on
this export license. For what will each of these firearms be
used?
--How many firearms do you current maintain in your personal
collection?
--Are you familiar with the regulations governing the import
of U.S.-origin defense articles, including restrictions on
re-transfer or re-export?
(To Appropriate Import/Export and/or Law Enforcement
Authorities)
--Is Joao Antonio Franciosi properly authorized to import and
own firearms in Brazil? Do you have any record of Mr.
Franciosi selling firearms?
--Do you have any information on Joao Antonio Franciosi that
would question his reliability as a recipient of U.S. defense
articles?
In its reply, Post may also comment on any other information
pertinent to these transactions such as security of
facilities, end-use, and concerns about the entities involved.
5. (U) Details of license applications:
DTC Case: 050196988
QUANTITY/COMMODITY:
1 Remington Model 700 Rifle, .223 Caliber
1 Remington Model 700 Rifle, 25-06 Caliber
1 Sako Model 85 Rifle, .375 Caliber
1 Sig Sauer Model 232 Pistol, .380ACP Caliber
1 Sig Sauer Model 226 Pistol, .40 Caliber
1 Smith & Wesson Pistol, .357MAG Caliber
200 Rounds of Ammunition, 25-06 Caliber
200 Units Unprimed Brass, 25-06 Caliber
500 Reloading Bullets, 25-06 Caliber
License Value: USD $5,043
SELLER:
National Gun
3709 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33134
FOREIGN END-USER:
Joao Antonio Franciosi
Shin QL 7 Conjunto 5 Casa 2 Lago Norte
Brasilia-DF- CEP 71515-055
Brazil
Tel: 55 (77) 9971 1900
PURPOSE:
Sporting and reloading purposes
6. (U) Submitted in support of the license application were
the following documents (PM/DTCC will fax documentation to
Posts upon request):
Import Authorization Nos. 4293/DFPC through 4297/DFPC issued
by the Ministerio da Defensa signed by Joao Carlos Pedroza
Rego
Purchase Order from Joao Antonio Franciosi signed by Joao
Antonio Franciosi dated 02 July 2009
7. (U) Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN
COORDINATOR and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the case
number in the subject line. POC is Kyle M. Ballard, Phone:
202-663-1929; Email: BallardKM@state.gov; SIPRNET:
BallardKM@state.sgov.gov. The Blue Lantern Guidebook (ref)
is available as a PDF file on Intellipedia:
http://www.intelink.gov/wiki/
Blue Lantern End-Use Monitoring Program
8. (U) Department is grateful for Post's assistance in this
matter.
CLINTON
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