I used to subscribe to the belief that you should never attribute to malice what can be most easily explained by incompetence.
Time and the times we live in have changed by mind. The new group of elites graduating from the Ivies have been marinated in Mercedes Marxism since they were in the cradle. Their every instinct is about as far from being an American as you can get.
To them Free Speech is a serious problem. Oh it was all right as such things go before the internet came along and ruined it. But now ordinary citizens think they actually have a right to express their opinions about...well anything!
So on to the meat of the matter. There is a set of government regulations that covers discussion of ammunition. These regulations are pre-internet and were largely national security stuff in nature. This stuff is supposed to cover military grade, big bang, ammunition but the way it's worded also covers small arms. Some government SJWs have decided to update and expand the domain of these extant regulations with a view of harassing gun owners.
It's yet another attempt by the SJWs at lawfare.
Naturally it's State that's doing it.
From the Washington Examiner.
"In their current form, the ITAR do not (as a rule) regulate technical data that are in what the regulations call the 'public domain.' Essentially, this means data 'which is published and which is generally accessible or available to the public' through a variety of specified means. These include 'at libraries open to the public or from which the public can obtain documents.' Many have read this provision to include material that is posted on publicly available websites, since most public libraries these days make Internet access available to their patrons.
"The ITAR, however, were originally promulgated in the days before the Internet. Some State Department officials now insist that anything published online in a generally-accessible location has essentially been 'exported,' as it would be accessible to foreign nationals both in the U.S. and overseas.
"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."