There seems to be nothing sacred to Barack Obama, including free speech and private ownership of firearms. So says the the National Rifle Association, NRA, in an article in the Washington Examiner. Using federal bureaucracy and regulations, Obama is attempting to stop all blogs, chats, and even websites from talking about guns. The State Department is preparing to modify the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, ITAR, and the Arms Export Control Act, AECA, to restrict information on firearms. If it goes through, those who dispense even the most basic, technical information on guns and ammunition could face a fine of up to $1 Million dollars as well as a prison sentence.
The Obama administration wants to regulate ″technical data″ on firearms, which includes ″detailed design, development, production or manufacturing information″. The type of ″technical data″ would be blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation″ of firearms or ammunition. This could potentially cover a wide range of information, such as installing any after-market devices like lasers, optical sights, customizing triggers, etc. Even articles on cleaning and maintenance might be restricted under the new regulations.
Now, keep in mind that the ITAR and AECA covers nearly every sort of weapon system. From service pistols to jet fighter-bombers. The Obama administration and their minions of their ′Unified Agenda′ will argue that the proposed changes to the ITAR regulations are to stop terrorists from accessing how-to information on constructing improvised bombs and the new types of plastic guns which can be produced with 3-D printers. But ′WE′ know what ′THEY′ are REALLY after! Usurping the First and Second Amendment as well as eventual gun confiscation.
There is time to stop Barack Obama from getting away with this latest action against free speech and ownership of firearms. You have until August 3 to voice your concerns over the matter. You may post comments at regulations.gov or send an email to DDTCPublicComments@state.gov. Be sure and put in the subject line, ″ITAR Amendment – Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage″. Hopefully, Congress will also get involved and tell the State Department to revise their revisions with more specificity. The days of allowing government bureaucrats to write regulations that cast wide nets must come to an end.