Sunday, July 14, 2013

Great News For Us Gun Nuts

Lummis Bill Gets State Department Out of the Gun Control Business
Bill reverses State Department decision to block the importation of historic, U.S.-made rifles from our ally South Korea

Washington, Jun 5 -
On Tuesday U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) introduced H.R. 2247, the Collectible Firearms Protection Act.  The bill reverses a State Department decision to block the importation of historic M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea.  Originally furnished by the United States to South Korea for military purposes over 50 years ago, the rifles are widely sought collectors’ items and among the most popular rifles in marksmanship competitions.  The rifles are perfectly legal to manufacture and sell in the United States and like all firearm imports would be subject to the federal rules and regulations governing retail firearm sales.  A similar sale from South Korea was approved during the Reagan Administration.  The current State Department’s interference with the sale runs counter to the intent of Congress, which on two prior occasions amended the law to allow for this kind of transaction.
“It’s disappointing that legislation is even necessary to allow U.S. citizens to access perfectly legal and regulated firearms, in this case storied, U.S.-made rifles that are pieces of U.S. military history,” Rep. Lummis said. “This is a political stunt on the part of the State Department, pure and simple, while denying the exercise of Second Amendment rights by law-abiding citizens, firearm collectors, and competitive marksman.  The State Department has no business blocking domestic firearm ownership; they are way out of bounds and my legislation will put them back in their place.”

We (taxpayers) gave these rifles to South Korea years ago and now they want to send them back. They are our property, paid for by us. Hillary's State Department blocked it. The Civilian Marksmanship Program established by the US Army will be tasked with refurbishing and marketing these historic arms to established shooting club members. The State Department's one objection to this is it will add to firearms crimes in the US. I have to "roll on the floor laughing my ass off" When is the last time you heard about a holdup, robbery or carjacking by a shooting club member wielding a M1 Garand ?
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a U.S. government-chartered program that promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth. Any U.S. citizen who is not legally prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase a military surplus rifle from the CMP, provided they are a member of a CMP affiliated club. The CMP operates through a network of affiliated shooting clubs and state associations that cover every state in the U.S. The clubs and associations offer firearms safety training and marksmanship courses as well as the opportunity for continued practice and competition.

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