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September 14, 2010
No Surplus of Absurdity - 10

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.
 "... Any firearm lawfully imported into the United States would eventually be sold by a Federal Firearm Licensee who, pursuant to the background check system imposed by Congress (and endorsed by the NRA) would have to contact federal or state law enforcement to verify that the gun buyer is not prohibited from possessing firearms," he writes. "Accordingly, the risk that the South Korean surplus guns might fall into the hands of gangsters or other bad people is exactly the same as with the sale of any other retail firearm in the United States. Notably, neither the M1 Garand nor the M1 carbine are concealable, and the M1 Garand is long, heavy and bulky. Accordingly, the criminal utility of such guns is relatively low."

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.

Photo by: curiosandrelics

For more, go to:
 -- Obama bans over 100,000 rifles
 -- US opposes Seoulís bid to sell old rifles
 -- Obama Administration Blocks Korean M1 Garands & M1 Carbines
 -- Obama Forbids Sale of Antique Rifles
 -- Obama Bans More than 100,000 American-Made Rifles
 -- Obama Blocks Sales Of Korean War Rifles

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from 6phunter wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

i'm sure some of our on gun makers can reproduce 100,000 of these weapons that seem to be in demand ?
maybe our own allies |gun manufactures} have lobbied against these imports and won.there's more going on here than what we see or have been led to believe.

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from patrick88 wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

ok this has gone on long enough time for a change,this nonsense has to stop now!

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from Gregory L.A. Ch... wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

To whom can we demand this sale be allowed to transpire? My father fought on the south bank of the Yalu river to keep the Korean peninsula from becoming totally totalitarian and to preserve my right to buy one of these same weapons he used...despite what this bunch of internationalist, leftists residing at 1600 PA Avenue say. These guys are starting to make me mad...REAL mad.

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from Bo wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Beware the government that fears an armed citizen. The only reason they have to fear them is that citizenry might resist that government as it strive for totalitarianism. We have reason to have concerns about the current regime. They are striving for more governmental control of every aspect of our lives. No totalitarian government in the history of the world has failed to reach levels of evil that were not seen by its victims. All of those who said to give it a chance were extinguished along with those who tried to warn the others.

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I would rather have them inside the US then outside the US. ie: Mexican border.

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from Yoda wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

That's utterly ridiculous, and very absurd.

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from seadog wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I don't think it's possible to make sense of this--uh, gun ... bad ... no. I'd call it caveman logic but that would be insulting to cavemen.

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from jcarlin wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

The same administration that's about to sell $60 billion dollars worth of military equipment, including over 300 combat aircraft, to Saudi Arabia is worried about importing a main battle rifle that it stopped fielding decades ago out of fear of the use its citizens will put it to. You can't make this stuff up.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Inside a obama meeting-(m1 grand very dangerous! we must not let them in,they might fall into the wrong hands. But while we are talking about weapons lets sell tons of missiles to tiwain. Man this is boring lets skip to the good stuff,anyone got a idea on who we can bail out next?)

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from pineywoods wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

It is scary to contemplate the thought processes, or lack thereof, of our government officials.
Oooohhh---It's a GUN! Bad thing. Save the kiddies. Pass a law. Panic and overreact.

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from pineywoods wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

It is scary to contemplate the thought processes, or lack thereof, of our government officials.
Oooohhh---It's a GUN! Bad thing. Save the kiddies. Pass a law. Panic and overreact.

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from Bo wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Beware the government that fears an armed citizen. The only reason they have to fear them is that citizenry might resist that government as it strive for totalitarianism. We have reason to have concerns about the current regime. They are striving for more governmental control of every aspect of our lives. No totalitarian government in the history of the world has failed to reach levels of evil that were not seen by its victims. All of those who said to give it a chance were extinguished along with those who tried to warn the others.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

Inside a obama meeting-(m1 grand very dangerous! we must not let them in,they might fall into the wrong hands. But while we are talking about weapons lets sell tons of missiles to tiwain. Man this is boring lets skip to the good stuff,anyone got a idea on who we can bail out next?)

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from jcarlin wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

The same administration that's about to sell $60 billion dollars worth of military equipment, including over 300 combat aircraft, to Saudi Arabia is worried about importing a main battle rifle that it stopped fielding decades ago out of fear of the use its citizens will put it to. You can't make this stuff up.

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from Yoda wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

That's utterly ridiculous, and very absurd.

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from Ishi wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I would rather have them inside the US then outside the US. ie: Mexican border.

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from seadog wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

I don't think it's possible to make sense of this--uh, gun ... bad ... no. I'd call it caveman logic but that would be insulting to cavemen.

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from Gregory L.A. Ch... wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

To whom can we demand this sale be allowed to transpire? My father fought on the south bank of the Yalu river to keep the Korean peninsula from becoming totally totalitarian and to preserve my right to buy one of these same weapons he used...despite what this bunch of internationalist, leftists residing at 1600 PA Avenue say. These guys are starting to make me mad...REAL mad.

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from 6phunter wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

i'm sure some of our on gun makers can reproduce 100,000 of these weapons that seem to be in demand ?
maybe our own allies |gun manufactures} have lobbied against these imports and won.there's more going on here than what we see or have been led to believe.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from patrick88 wrote 3 years 45 weeks ago

ok this has gone on long enough time for a change,this nonsense has to stop now!

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