Monday, June 8, 2015

The Empire Strikes Back Against American Gun Culture

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Update 6/10! Alan Gura has joined the fight!

Update 6/15!  Looks like the State Department is trying to weasel out, and say basically 'it means whatever we say it means'.  This will not end well.


Per Alinsky, the Feds are using laws against us.

Newly-posted State Department regulations use ITAR (international arms trade) laws to forbid posting "technical data" about a "defense article" (i.e., a firearm system) on the Internet.  Miguel explains it better than I can.

From NRA-ILA (via Breitbart News):
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.
What is this technical data" they speak of?
§ 120.10 Technical data. 
(a) Technical data means, except as set forth in paragraph (b) of this section:
(1) Information required for the development (see § 120.47) (including design, modification, and integration design), production (see § 120.48) (including manufacture, assembly, and integration), operation, installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul, or refurbishing of a defense article. 
Technical data may be in any tangible or intangible form, such as written or oral communications, blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, diagrams, models, formulae, tables, engineering designs and specifications, computer aided design files, manuals or documentation, electronic media or information gleaned through visual inspection;
This is it.  A "fully-operational Death Star."

This is how the Obama Administration will begin to destroy the gun industry in this country, with a secondary casualty being the gun culture.  It was telegraphed last week by the odious "Father" Pfleger of Chicago, who apparently has an "in" with this administration.  Pfleger said the NRA “will pay pay for the murder of our children.”

They know we have to talk about this stuff in order to sell it, and use it. They know we share recipes
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for hand-loading cartridges. They know we post articles about how to field-strip various pistols and rifles.  They know we teach gun maintenance and safety on YouTube.

They know it. And they plan to use every bit of it against us, just as far as they can.

They can't arrest us all, sure. (Ol' Backwoods intends to keep posting what I have been posting.) But they aren't out to get the individuals first. That will come later, after they have rolled up the other opposition.

First, they will scare sites like Blogger and YouTube into taking down all firearms-related content.  You doubt?  David Codrea just lost his livelihood over censure by Leftists.

Next, they will sue the NRA for materials supporting the instruction on use and maintenance of firearms.   For example, American Rifleman magazine.  Or, the NRA Basic Pistol class.  You doubt?  NRA classes seem like common sense to those of us in the gun culture, but these commies know that when people are taught how to use arms, they want to own them for themselves.  They have to attack the problem (as they see it) at the root.  Hence, these new regulations.

Then, they will come for the ammo companies. Those companies will roll over to comply, and quick.  No more muzzle velocity or energy data on their websites.  No more bullet data, either; that's "technical detail". They'll attack reloading, too.  Gone will be the load data books and the ammo loading websites.   They'll even force manufacturers like Hodgdon and Alliant to take load data off the labels on the sides of jars of powder.  They might even try to stop the sale of reloading presses, accessories, and components, all in the name of stopping "international traffic in arms."

After that, the Feds will go after the gun companies. They will try to ensure that there's such a paperwork nightmare that gun sales fall drastically.  Gone will be the maintenance manuals and the military service manuals that used to be freely available on the Net.

Unless we fight this thing, the gun industry in this country will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of FedGov, and will not sell to the American consumer.  Unless we fight, the means and spirit of our American heritage of self-defense will be gone.  We will lose, by default, if we do not fight this.

FIGHT.  Any way you can.  Learn what "samizdat" means.  Defy.  Resist.  Smuggle.

And while you can, push back with public comments.  It's how the M855 ban went down in flames.

Public comments on the proposed changes to ITAR will be accepted until August 3, 2015. E-mail comments to with the subject line indicating the comments concern the ‘‘ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage.”

You can't stop the signal, BHO.

UPDATE: Sebastian has much more on how you can send a public comment on these proposed changes to ITAR:

DATES: The Department of State will accept comments on this proposed rule until August 3, 2015. 
ADDRESSES: Interested parties may submit comments within 60 days of the date of publication by one of the following methods: 
Email: with the subject line, "ITAR Amendment—Revisions to Definitions; Data Transmission and Storage." 
Internet: At, search for this notice by using this rule’s RIN (1400–AD70). 
Comments received after that date may be considered, but consideration cannot be assured. Those submitting comments should not include any personally identifying information they do not desire to be made public or information for which a claim of confidentiality is asserted because those comments and/or transmittal emails will be made available for public inspection and copying after the close of the comment period via the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls Web site at
Parties who wish to comment anonymously may do so by submitting their comments, leaving the fields that would identify the commenter blank and including no identifying information in the comment itself. 
Comments submitted via are immediately available for public inspection.
FIGHT, people.  There is yet time.

Better to fight through commenting that through armed civil disobedience, which is our only remaining choice if public outcry fails.


  1. The move to mentally disarm us is already on, and has been for a generation.

    I saw in a school book on American history, a magnificent painting of the surrender of Cornwallis.

    Washington's troops were armed with boards. ( It is politically incorrect to show even a painted suggestion of a gun-lock ).

    Each soldier was portrayed as holding a diagonally-sawn two-by-six as though at "present arms".

    But maybe that, too, will be outlawed, as The Manual of Arms is, after all, "technical data".

    1. Good grief, Glenn. I would say, "unbelievable", but then I know these Alinskyites and what they do.
      When I was a kid, we watched "Schoolhouse Rock" and the colonists were carrying muskets. In a cartoon.

    2. You have a shit-load of fine weapons, right now .... and, you are afeared to use them.

      Don't be telling me that, "If things get really bad, we'll fabricate firearms. Then, we'll fight back."

      That is total bollocks. Worse, it is self-deception.

      I'm in England. I know how it works.

    3. You sure do, surrender-monkey! We are Americans. We are not giving up our weapons, as you Brits did.