On October 12, 2016, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published companion final rules to amend Category XII of the United States Munitions List (USML) and move some less sensitive items to the Commerce Control List (CCL).  The final rules will become effective on December 31, 2016.  Category XII (Fire Control, Range Finder, Laser, Optical and Guidance Control Equipment) is one of the last categories to be addressed.   The final rules come after two sets of proposed rules.  Read Steptoe’s advisory here to learn how the final rules incorporate many of the provisions in the proposed rules, but also make some important changes.