The NRA is warning that new regulations proposed by the State Department could result in shutting down online gun blogs and forums.
“Gunsmiths, manufacturers, reloaders, and do-it-yourselfers could all find themselves muzzled under the rule and unable to distribute or obtain the information they rely on to conduct these activities,” the NRA warned Friday. The administration’s update of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the NRA says, could effectively result in a “gag order on firearm-related speech”:
Even as news reports have been highlighting the gun control provisions of the Administration’s “Unified Agenda” of regulatory objectives (see accompanying story), the Obama State Department has been quietly moving ahead with a proposal that could censor online speech related to firearms. This latest regulatory assault, published in the June 3 issue of the Federal Register, is as much an affront to the First Amendment as it is…
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