Back in June we covered a threatening move from the Obama administration with the potential to muzzle gun-related information—ranging from blueprints to basic modification tips—by revising the State Department’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). (For a good summary of what NRA and others are doing to stop this, see this NRA-ILA feature.) While the mainstream media largely ignores the danger, First and Second Amendment activists are rising to the occasion—and they’re getting some support from lovers of freedom within the U.S. Senate.
A group of 28 senators, led by Steve Daines, R-Mont., submitted a letter to John Kerry demanding that the proposed ITAR revision be dropped. The senators said that they “urge the State Department to modify or delay these misguided changes to the ITAR in order to ensure they do not violate the First and Second Amendments, or until commonly owned firearms and ammunition are not adversely impacted.”