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IPFS News Link • Free Speech

That Pesky Little First Amendment


Over the weekend, by way of the NRA some troubling news spread across the Internet: "Commonly used and unregulated Internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a 'gag order on firearm-related speech,'" This stems from an Obama Regime reinterpretation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The State Department is updating the ITAR, which implements the Federal Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The net effect of this new ITAR amplification would be to reclassify gun blogs, forums, chat rooms, and firearms "how-to" web pages as "export restricted" firearms technical data. And get this: Per the proposed new rules, "Mother May I" permission must be granted before posting any such data, and failure to do so could result in fines of up to $1 million and prison sentences up to 20 years.