THERE IS A DEADLINE ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH! PUBLIC COMMENT IS OPEN TILL AUGUST 3, 2015!!!
As reported by the National Rifle Association last week, the US State Department is moving forward with a proposal that would censor the 1st amendment by banning the discussion of firearms to be put on the internet without pre approval by the State Department. Penalties for every offense can result in a ONE MILLION DOLLAR FINE AND UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON. NRA link is here.
“What is this?”, you say, “ITAR?”. The International Traffic in Arms Regulations, which also implements the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), that does currently regulate the release of “technical data” of firearms including pictures, video, drawings, blue prints, instructions, and so forth, but not on a “public domain”. The current regulations state a public domain as
“which is published and which is generally accessible or available to the public”
which goes into more specific designations of what “public domain” is, but includes public libraries.
“at libraries open to the public or from which the public can obtain documents.”
With most libraries allowing their members internet access, it has been concluded by many to extend the provision to public access websites as well.
Now some officials in the state department consider the internet as “exporting” of firearms data internationally because ITAR was enacted prior to the internet age. On June 3rd, the state department published a proposal to clarify the rules of releasing “technical data” in to the “public domain” including requiring “authorization” of the government.
PLEASE ACT FAST! Comments are accepted here: www.regulations.gov or via email here: DDTCPublicComments@state.gov USE SUBJECT: ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage”
Also please contact your elected officials through the phone switchboard at (202) 225-3121 or you can use the “find your lawmakers” feature on the NRA website here.
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