When I read the following article my blood started to boil again. Special interests and our far left liberal leader use an executive order to bypass Congress and prevent the sale of M1 rifles by Korea to the U.S. Please read, learn, and take actions you feel appropriate.
Obama Administration Reverses Course, Forbids Sale of nearly One Million Antique Rifles
By Maxim Lott,
Published September 01, 2010
A photo of M1 Garands (National Park Service)
The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.
The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March – a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
A State Department spokesman said the administration’s decision was based on concerns that the guns could fall into the wrong hands.
“The transfer of such a large number of weapons — 87,310 M1 Garands and 770,160 M1 Carbines — could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes,” the spokesman told FoxNews.com.
“We are working closely with our Korean allies and the U.S. Army in exploring alternative options to dispose of these firearms.”
Gun control advocates praised the Obama administration for taking security seriously.
“Guns that can take high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety,” said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Even though they are old, these guns could deliver a great amount of firepower. So I think the Obama administration’s concerns are well-taken.”
But gun rights advocates point out that possessing M1 rifles is legal in the United States — M1s are semi-automatics, not machine guns, meaning the trigger has to be pulled every time a shot is fired — and anyone who would buy a gun from South Korea would have to go through the standard background check.
“Any guns that retail in the United States, of course, including these, can only be sold to someone who passes the National Instant Check System,” said David Kopel, research director at the conservative Independence Institute. “There is no greater risk from these particular guns than there is from any other guns sold in the United States.”
M1 carbines can hold high-capacity ammunition clips that allow dozens of rounds to be fired before re-loading, but Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, noted that is true about any gun in which an ammunition magazine can be inserted — including most semi-automatics.
“Anything that accepts an external magazine could accept a larger capacity magazine,” Cox said.
“But the average number of rounds fired in the commission of a crime is somewhere between 1 and 2 … this issue just shows how little the administration understands about guns.”
He called the administration’s decision “a de facto gun ban, courtesy of Hillary Clinton’s State Department.”
Asked why the M1s pose a threat, the State Department spokesman referred questions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF representatives said they would look into the question Monday afternoon, but on Wednesday they referred questions to the Justice Department. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd referred questions back to the State Department.
According to the ATF Guidebook on Firearms Importation, it would normally be legal to import the M1s because they are more than 50 years old, meaning they qualify as “curios or relics.” But because the guns were given to South Korea by the U.S. government, they fall under a special category that requires permission from the State Department before any sale.
Kopel said that he hopes the State Department spokesman’s statement that it is working to “dispose” of the guns does not mean they want to melt them down.
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I find myself wondering if the importation of one million used M1 Garand rifles and carbines might have a negative impact on the operation of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Another thought that is 180 degrees out from the first. That is Obama doesn’t want the CMP to expand its operations and train significantly larger numbers of U.S. civilians in the safe use of rifles and improve their marksmanship and allowing their participation in marksmanship competitions. Currently, the numbers of M1 rifles is in short supply. Importation of one million rifles and carbines from Korea would improve supply. These rifles and carbines coming in to the market could serve to reduce the prices of those available for resale, and again, they may not because all M1s are repaired and test fired before being sold adding to the cost of each unit. Actual unit cost would depend on purchase price from Korea and transportation and storage costs after they are received in the U.S.
The fact that a significant portion of the one million rifles and carbines would require cleaning, repair, test firing, packaging, shipping, etc., would sure aid in the increase of jobs available to Americans. My initial article citation above states that anti-gun rights people speaking out against the re-importation of the M1s say that they fear that these rifles and carbines, capable of utilizing large capacity clips, would prove dangerous to citizens in the wrong hands. The wrong hands being a major concern.
Right away we think of “wrong hands” as terrorists, drug dealers, gangs, etc. But, let’s look at that definition from another vantage point. Let’s look at it from Obama’s side of the fence. The wrong hands being the hands of U.S. citizens that may use these rifles and carbines during the exercise of their second amendment right to bear arms. Remember, not only do we have the right to bear arms to protect our families and communities, we have the right to bear arms in the defense of our country from Federal Government that has become out of control and unaccountable for their actions and deeds.
Perhaps the President and his army of butt wipes see some potential for violent opposition to their actions running our government using processes, practices, and methods that are not in agreement with the intent of our founders expressed in the great document upon which are government was formed, the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps they feel that Americans are tired of efforts by the government to dilute the value of our citizenships with millions of people that have invaded our country illegally. They claim its the humanitarian thing to do. It is for U.S. citizens, not those present as the result of the commission of criminal acts including illegal trespass. Criminals do not qualify for compassion.
A little history of the CMP that I have included here from the home page of the CMP will show you how the organization came about and where it has gone to get where it is today. It is a good idea whose importance needs to be re-emphasized today. Training of adults and youngsters in the safe use of firearms and having a ready supply of them for that purpose is more important today than it has been in several years. In my opinion, the Obama government has reached the point of out of control, or is darn close to reaching it, and serious thought into forming up citizens in preparation for defending our country from the enemy within.
Visit the Civilian Marksmanship Program website for some enlightenment about this organization. You might find a place where your service can be utilized for the general welfare. Perhaps you might be inspired by the information I have provided you to start complaining about the President’s use of an executive order to bypass Congress once again and ban Korea’s selling M1s back to America. Congress is there for a purpose; representing the voice of the PEOPLE, not the whims of a far left radical whose seat in the White House was bought for him by rich and powerful special interests.
“Prior to 1996, the Army’s Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship received an annual federal appropriation, but since its establishment as a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) corporation in 1996, the CMP has received no government appropriations. The CMP retains a reporting relationship to the Department of the Army and submits an Annual Report to the Secretary of the Army. The CMP reimburses the U.S. Government for all costs it incurs in transferring government surplus rifles and other property that are sold through the CMP Sales program. The CMP not only now receives no taxpayer support, but it actually expends over one million dollars per year in providing funding, staffing and additional resources to support U. S. Army and other Armed Services marksmanship programs. The new CMP is providing financial support to the U.S. Government.”
All the best to all the best,
Joe Hollinger, God Bless America!