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September 14, 2010
No Surplus of Absurdity - 10
by John Haughey
Second Amendment advocates, gun collectors and historians are angry and confused at the Obama Administration's decision to block South Korea's plan to sell more than 100,000 surplus M1 Garand and Carbine rifles in the United States.
The administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March. The decision was largely unnoticed at the time, but spurred angst last month when a state department official cited what many agree are spurious reasons for the decision -- namely, the government feared the guns "could fall into the wrong hands" and "accidents."
"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 official told FoxNews.com. According to a South Korean official, the U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents. It was also worried the weapons could be smuggled to terrorists, gangs or other people with bad intentions.
Baloney, writes David Kopel in his Fox News blog.
The South Korean government was hoping to sell the antiquated rifles to American gun collectors, Korean War veterans, museums and other exhibits in an effort to raise money for its military.
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