We knew this was coming right? Obama is not only after your right to own firearms, he also is seeking to censor speech related to firearms in an attempt to silence gun enthusiasts, gun blogs, and supporters of the 2nd amendment in general.
The NRA has just revealed that a proposed rule change by the State Department would censor any online speech or communication relating to firearms.
The proposed regulation was published in the June 3rd issue of Federal Register.
According to the NRA,
“Online blogs, videos, and web forums devoted to the technical aspects of firearms and ammunition” could “become subject to prior review by State Department bureaucrats before they can be published.” The State Department says it is simply clarifying existing rules regarding international arms trafficking, specifically, the NRA said, 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,” the NRA said. “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.”
What kind of penalties are we looking at for violators? Each violation could mean 20 years in jail and/or $1,000,000 fine. And that’s on top of any civil penalties that could also be issued.
Gun blogs (like this one), DIY gun tech video bloggers, and Youtube channel owners with videos on firearms could all be subjected to the penalties of this order.
A post by BearingArms gives a few examples of what this law in action would look like:
“You did a gun review about your new AR-15 and posted it to YouTube? That’s up to 20 years in prison.”
“You took a small unit tactics class, and wrote about what you learned on your Blogspot blog? That’s a fine of up to one million dollars.”
“You’re a manufacturer that posts product manuals (on) your web site? Obama will shut you down.”
“Your favorite gun forums, blogs, web sites, gun video channels, and virtually all other firearm-related online speech would be banned, with your favorite personalities subject to fines and prison, in a direct assault by this corrupt government on both the First and Second Amendments,” Bob Owens explained.
This is all part of this administration going after a large over-haul of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). And thanks to the NRA for cutting through all the jargon to get to the bottom of this matter.
Since the President was unable to get the American people to disband their 2nd amendment rights, it appears he is seeking a back door to satisfy his thirst for gun control. And we all know he isn’t afraid to abuse his executive privileges to do so.
The State Department has opened the proposal for a public commenting period and also asks respondents to address three specific areas:
- How adequately the proposed regulations address the technical aspects of data transmission and storage;
- whether the proposed regulations mitigate unintended or unauthorized access to transmitted or stored data;
- and, whether the proposed regulations impose an undue financial or compliance burden on the public.
The commenting period closes Aug. 3. Comments may be submitted online at regulations.gov or via e-mail at DDTCPublicComments@state.gov with the subject line, ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”