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Obama’s State Department Could Gag Firearms Communications over the Internet

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A rewrite of the State Department’s arms control regulations could potentially grant the State Department a wide-ranging power to monitor and control gun-related speech on the Internet.

The State Department is updating the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and has amended the existing regs to include “making technical data available via a publicly available network (e.g., the Internet).”

This restriction on Internet “speech” is wholly new language and puts anyone who violates this provision in danger of facing decades in prison (up to 20 years) and massive fines (up to $1 million).

The language is so broad that it could potentially include virtually any gun-related communication of a functional “how to” nature.

The language includes (1) non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms up to…

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