The NRA-ILA is reporting that the Obama administration is attempting to change federal regulations and declare that websites with firearms and ammunition imformation are “exports” and can therefore be prohibited under US export control laws (ITAR) without an export license. The State Department is saying that before posting gun related information, you would need to get permission from the government. This is, in effect, a massive prior restraint of free speech that has both 2nd and 1st amendment ramifications. Technical information such as reloading data, gun manuals, gunsmithing information and more could be directly affected. These regulations could threaten this website.
Charles Cooke over at National Review has an excellent article that explains this: The State Department’s Dangerous New Proposal to Regulate Gun Enthusiasts’ Internet Speech.
Here is the NRA-ILA’s take on all of this.
You can make a difference here! Send comments regaring this regulation and let the State Department know what you think about these changes.
Public comments on the proposed changes to ITAR will be accepted until August 3, 2015. You can submit those comments at regulations.gov or e-mail them to DDTCPublicComments@state.gov with the subject line ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”
Please be respectful in your comments. A simple message stating you oppose the revisions to the ITAR regulations is sufficient. If you have more thoughts, by all means add those, too.