ITAR regulation roundup

Shall Not Be QuestionedThis is very dire, friends. If this moves forward there is a very good chance I, and many of my other fellow bloggers, forum admins, and YouTubers will end up in federal prison while the Courts sort this out. Don’t ever let anyone ever tell you what these people want are “common sense” regulations. They are fascists. That is no longer arguable. There will be a lot of firearms enthusiasts serving prison time for essentially the same crime they would be charged with had they traveled to Iraq and sold plans for a thermonuclear weapon to ISIS. Fundamentally transformed!

This news has to spread far and wide if we’re going to stop this terrible thing. I’ve even put it on my personal Facebook that I only rarely use to post political stuff. People have to know about this.

The View From North Central IdahoIt is easy to read the proposed changes as my reporting accuracy issues with some ammo on my blog as sufficient grounds to be subject to felony charges. Gun and ammo manufacture websites appear to be covered as well, but they would be in a much better position to pay the annual $2000 ITAR fee and get permission before posting their material.

Washington ExaminerIn updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government — or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.

According to the NRA, that would include blogs and web forums discussing technical details of common guns and ammunition, the type of info gun owners and ammo reloaders trade all the time

Ace of SpadesNow included would be software and any technical information about 'defense items' e.g. firearms. And posting this information online is now considered to be exporting it. Each offense carries a penalty of up to a $1 million dollar fine and 20 years in pound-me-in-the-ass prison. Note that the State Department has already used ITAR to force Cody Wilson to take down his plans for a 3D-printed Liberator pistol. The goal here seems to be to make the posting online of 3D printing plans or even CNC programs to make a firearm tantamount to exporting an actual firearm and hence an ITAR violation.

From the Barrel of a GunThe Left will say this is just NRA scaremongering. I don't think so. Obama has a confirmed history of at least floating regulations of this sort just to see if they get a strong reaction. Remember the attempted M855 ammunition ban? This is a direct attack on gun owners and our ability to communicate with each other via the internet about firearms. It is a clear violation of our First Amendment rights. It will no doubt be struck down by the courts but at what cost and damage to innocent gun owners.

This entry was published Wed Jul 08 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-07-08 10:03:45.0. [Tweet]

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