Saturday, September 04, 2010

Obama Administration "Banned" Reimportation of M1 Garand Rifles and M1 Carbines

The Obama administration, via the State department, has reneged on a deal with South Korea and banned the re-importation of WWII/Korean War era M1 Rifles and Carbines. About 800,000 and 700,000 of each type were supposedly set for resale here in the U.S. (they are legal for civilian ownership here). As noted in the Washington Times
"The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents," a South Korean Ministry of National Defense official told the Korea Times last month.

It's hard to see how these M1 rifles could be considered risky when they already are offered for sale by the U.S. government through the Civilian Marksmanship Program. In fact, the federally sponsored CMP puts on summer camps that teach boys and girls how to handle the Garand properly and safely. In the past seven years, there hasn't been a single accident. Many of the participants go on to serve their country or take part in shooting sports at the collegiate and Olympic level.

It's more likely that the administration is seeking to win the admiration of gun grabbers. Mr. Obama has a history of supporting gun control as a state senator and U.S. senator, but he's been limited in his ability to implement this anti-gun agenda as president.
As if these rifles are the big thing with gangs or likely to be effective against Predator drones...

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