In the wake of Obama's Spring 2015 "Unified Agenda," which outlined extreme gun-control measures slated for passage via an executive fiat, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) and other state representatives have attempted to halt portions of the White House's executive gun-control push, Breitbart News reports.
A power grab on arms
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has confirmed the Obama administration is administering a stealth project to hinder the dissemination of information on firearms.
"Even as news reports have been highlighting the gun control provisions of the administration's 'Unified Agenda' of regulatory objectives, the Obama State Department has been quietly moving
In his ongoing assault on Americans' Second Amendment rights, which some say started soon after he took office, Obama is now attempting to restrict numerous forms of communication Americans have concerning guns and munitions.
"The administration is reworking the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)," Breitbart's AWR Hawkins informed. "One of the many things regulated by ITAR is 'technical data' tied to 'defense articles.' This includes, but is not limited to, 'detailed design, development, production or manufacturing information' about ammunition and firearms."
Obama's latest quest in his gun-control agenda is to wipe out as much information about guns as he can so that American civilians are as limited from obtaining the specifications they need when researching the handguns and rifles they desire.
"More specifically, this kind of 'technical data' would be 'blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation' related to ammunition and firearms," continued Hawkins, who suggests that the public submit comments about the proposed ITAR changes at regulations.gov by August 3 and mention that their issue is concerning the ''ITAR Amendment — Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage."
The administration's new stranglehold on public information — that has traditionally been disseminated via freely accessible websites — is now being administered via ITAR.
"While ITAR and its regulations have not been a concern in the past, as far as constraining or limiting 'material posted on publicly available websites,' there are some within the current State Department arguing that 'anything published online in a generally accessible location has essentially been "exported,"' simply by virtue of being posted, and is therefore under the purview of ITAR," the Breitbart reporter points out.
Tying up guns with red tape
In its effort to severely limit what data is accessible to the public online, the State Department is moving to set up a mandate that all such information must be screened and OK'd by bureaucrats.
"Moreover, last week the State Department put forth a proposal 'clarifying' how to handle releases containing 'technical data' which are posted online or otherwise distributed into the 'public domain,'" Hawkins explains. "Ultimately, the proposal would require those releasing 'technical data' on ammunition or firearms to first seek government approval."
Besides hindering Americans' ability to access the information they need before purchasing and bearing arms — a right guaranteed under the Second Amendment — the NRA-ILA argues that the administration's latest power grab over the firearms industry is nothing less than an infringement of citizens' First Amendment rights.
"The proposal would institute a massive new prior restraint on free speech," the legal team for the NRA argues. "This is because all such releases would require the 'authorization' of the government before they occurred."
In other words, the added burden of miles of bureaucratic red tape that would need to be hurdled with the added regulations would preclude most from posting and accessing information that gun sellers, owners, buyers and connoisseurs need to freely live out their right to bear arms.
"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," the IRA-ILA concludes.
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