Monday, October 11, 2010

Bring home the M1's

The State Department has banned the return of M-1 Garand's and M-1 Carbines from Korea. These guns were sold (given?) to Korea years ago to provide them with infantry weapons, as we upgraded our infantry arsenal with the M-14 and M-16.

M-1 Garand Images from CMP website
Now, Korea is seeking to sell these to U.S. collectors and shooters, to provide funding for upgrading their arsenals. But the State Department is attempting to block the return of these war heroes' weapons to their homeland.

According to Fox News, a State Department spokesperson said:
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,"
This statement just doesn't ring true, considering that retail purchasers of these rifles and carbines would have to go through the same FBI background check (or a state alternative) as a person who purchases one of these rifles now from the Federal inventory, at the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

So on the one hand, State says, "Bad, we can't import," and on the other hand, CMP has been delivering them to Knoxville citizens' doors for decades.

You can read more about the congressional attempt to alter this course of action by Hillary Clinton's forces HERE. Don't forget, it is Clinton's party that brought us the Goldilocks gun ban in 1994, as well as other laws that limit citizens' right to keep and bear arms; while doing nothing to effectively eliminate crime.

Remember this when you vote in 22 days.

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