Gag order planned on Firearms Related Speech

Yup, Obama is at it again! See NRA/ILA website below for details.

Stop Obama’s Planned Gag Order on Firearm-Related Speech

From NRA website: “Time is of the essence! Public comment will be accepted on the proposed gag order until August 3, 2015. Comments may be submitted online at or via e-mail at with the subject line, ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”

Finally, please contact your U.S. Senators and Member of Congress. Urge them to oppose the State Department’s attempt to censor online speech concerning the technical aspects of firearms and ammunition. Use the “Write Your Lawmakers” feature on our website or call the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 225-3121.

Here is a copy of my email letter below. You may use any part of it.


Subject: ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”

Body of Letter:

“Re: ITAR Amendment Restriction on Firearms Communication and Free Speech

It is my understanding that the public may comment on this International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) amendment until August 3, 2015. With the new proposal published on June 3, the State Department claims to be “clarifying” the rules concerning “technical data” posted online or otherwise “released” into the “public domain.” To the contrary, however, the proposal would institute a massive new prior restraint on free speech. This is because all such releases would require the “authorization” of the government before they occurred. 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 new International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) Amendment regulation introduced June 3, 2015 is “in fact” a breech of the First and Second Amendment of the Constitution of United States. I strongly disagree with the amendment and urge you to follow the Constitution.

The Amendment will damage freedom and the ability to communicate among “We the People” set forth in the Constitution under free speech and access to technical aspects on websites for firearms purchases and websites and blogs, web forums and video’s. Further, that I have contacted my Senators and Congressman and state legislators in this regard.


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About Ed Hale

I am an avid hunter with rifle and Bow and have been hunting for more than 50 years. I have taken big game such as whitetail deer, red deer, elk, Moose and African Plains game
such as Kudu, Gemsbok, Springbok, Blesbok, and Impala and wrote an ebook entitled African Safari -Rifle and Bow and Arrow on how to prepare for a first safari. Ed is a serious cartridge reloader and ballistics student. He has earned two degrees in science and has written hundreds of outdoor article on hunting with both bow and rifle.