[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Obama Regime is seeking to attack both the First and Second Amendment in one fell swoop. Via federal regulations, the Obama Administration is looking to implement a “gag order” on firearm-related discussions that the NRA says could have a far-reaching impact that includes forums and firearm-related blog posts.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Worse yet- Obama and his minions aren’t fooling around; those who violate this gag order could be looking at a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison.
The State Department has proposed changes to federal regulations that pertain to international arms sales and these broad changes will require that any person who wishes to put technical details regarding firearms on the internet first gain approval from the federal government.
This will include people jawing about guns specs, ammo reloading and a large variety of other common topics to be found on gun forums and blog posts where firearm enthusiasts share information.
The proposed regulations would occur as changes to the federal register- a tome of rules for citizens that have not been legislatively-passed, but serve as executive edicts by which Obama and his subordinates can rule without the burden of Congressional approval.
Naturally, the NRA has come out swinging against this tyrannous proposal.
“Gunsmiths, manufacturers, reloaders, and do-it-yourselfers could all find themselves muzzled under the rule and unable to distribute or obtain the information they rely on to conduct these activities,” said the NRA.
“This latest regulatory assault, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register, is as much an affront to the First Amendment as it is to the Second,” warned the NRA’s lobbying arm. “Your action is urgently needed to ensure that online blogs, videos, and web forums devoted to the technical aspects of firearms and ammunition do not become subject to prior review by State Department bureaucrats before they can be published,” they added.
The State Department is looking to update the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which implements the federal Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Though the issue is complicated, the NRA explains,
“In their current form, the ITAR do not (as a rule) regulate technical data that are in what the regulations call the ‘public domain.’ Essentially, this means data ‘which is published and which is generally accessible or available to the public’ through a variety of specified means. These include ‘at libraries open to the public or from which the public can obtain documents.’ Many have read this provision to include material that is posted on publicly available websites, since most public libraries these days make Internet access available to their patrons.
“The ITAR, however, were originally promulgated in the days before the Internet. Some State Department officials now insist that anything published online in a generally-accessible location has essentially been ‘exported,’ as it would be accessible to foreign nationals both in the U.S. and overseas.
“With the new proposal published on June 3, the State Department claims to be ‘clarifying’ the rules concerning ‘technical data’ posted online or otherwise ‘released’ into the ‘public domain.’ To the contrary, however, the proposal would institute a massive new prior restraint on free speech. This is because all such releases would require the ‘authorization’ of the government before they occurred. The cumbersome and time-consuming process of obtaining such authorizations, moreover, would make online communication about certain technical aspects of firearms and ammunition essentially impossible.”
The fight for the retention of our Second Amendment rights has become more-difficult in recent years as those who seek to destroy our right to self-defense have adopted more-covert strategies to do so. Fighting state-by-state and continually reframing the discussion surrounding our Second Amendment rights, liberals seldom attack head-on anymore with calls for federal firearm bans, but instead, seek to implement backdoor gun control policies by cracking down on speech and redefining mental illness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]