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No To M1 Garands.....Again.

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by Cactus Jack Arizona, Oct 13, 2010.

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  1. Cactus Jack Arizona

    Cactus Jack Arizona Well-Known Member

    For those who will remember, I posted a story stating that S. Korea was wanting to sell their old stock of M1 Garands back to the US. The Obama Administration elected to refuse the sale on behalf of the lame excuse that the influx of M1 Garands would be dangerous to the people of the US. They stated gangs and terrorists might purchase them, as well as other bogus excuses.

    A few days later, it was written that the OA would allow the sale of these rifles back into the US. So, all is well, right? Wrong!! :what:

    A new story has come out stating that the approval has now been rescinded. :mad: The reasons are basically the same. It's the ol' "poses a threat to public safety" excuse, as if the M1 Garands are far more dangerous than any other firearm. Of course, now they are adding to the fear mongering that people could convert the M1's to fully auto by simply machining parts for it. Of course, anyone could technically machine parts to turn any semi-auto into a fully auto firearm. :rolleyes:

    Therefore, now is the time to write more letters and make more phone calls to your congress-critters and senators. Now is the time to remind them that the mid-term elections are right around the corner. ;) Now is the time to send pink slips to those who are not friendly to the 2nd Amendment.

    Read the entire story:

  2. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    The re-importation of semi-automatic milsurp rifles into the US was outlawed years ago by executive order under the sporting purposes clause of the GCA of 1968.

    No doubt some career civil servant made the decision to allow those rifles into the US: That decision was over-ruled by a political apointee.
  3. EmbarkChief

    EmbarkChief Well-Known Member

    Ah, but the "sporting purposes" clause includes Hunting and competitive target shooting. I think a pretty good case can be made there.
  4. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    I bet Korea can't prove they own them, and that is why they are being blocked.
  5. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    We can make all the cases in the world why those guns should be allowed into the US but the Obama administration is not going to budge on this issue.
  6. mooner

    mooner Well-Known Member

    Wong place for this post OOOPS
  7. GatorRanger

    GatorRanger New Member


    Negative. As per ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation), the President -- by way of the Secretary of State -- has authority to approve or deny importation of these weapons, and has had said authority for a number of years (see: http://epic.org/crypto/export_controls/itar.html ).

    If this was supposedly "outlawed years ago," under the Gun Control Act of 1968, then why would the document I just linked have been updated in 1992 and explicitly state whose authority it is to regulate the importation of military surplus weapons? And why would they have allowed it before, but not now? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2010
  8. Tim the student

    Tim the student Well-Known Member

    Gator, welcome to THR.

    Do you know if the Koreans have ever offered to prove that they own the rifles?
  9. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    The IATR cannot regulate guns meant for civilian use. Case closed.
    In 1998 the US president made permanent the ban on re-importation of US M1 rifles and M1 carbines along with about 65 other guns.

    In 1989 the US president banned the importation of certain foreign made semi auto milsurp rifles under the sporting purposes clause of the GCA 1968.


  10. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    This is getting spun out of control

    The reason the US doesn't want the Koreans selling the rifles back to the US is because the Koreans DON'T OWN THEM! They were loaned to the Koreans during the Cold War. The Koreans did purchase some Garands, but the vast majority were loaned. For those of you who don't know, there is an organization-The CMP who is charged with selling the loaned Garands, Carbines, 1903's and others.

    I am not crazy about the President's and Washington's policies, but this one, not allowing the PURCHASE of rifles the US Government already owns is not one of them. The Koreans are trying to screw OUR government. If the Korean Government does what they are supposed to do, the rifles will be sent to the CMP and distributed. A few loud-mouthed politicians have weighed in on this and now it is a political issue. Now people who don't know a thing about the rifles are weighing in as if they were trying to import plutonium.

    Check the prices of PRIVATE sellers of Garands. They are double what the CMP charges and not as good. I own three CMP M1 Garands that are amazing.
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  11. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    How is it than that they are still selling them. I just bought two and my first last year.
  12. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    Not so. Lend Lease ended in Sept, 1945 when WWII ended.

    The DCM is an agency of the federal government. The federal gov't can do any darn thing it wants to.
  13. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    The DCM doesn't exist anymore. You are right about lend lease. These rifles were loaned during the Cold War.
  14. Bluehawk

    Bluehawk Well-Known Member

    Ok...how about CMP/CPRPFS instead??

    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 legally not 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 covers 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.

    The CMP was created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act. The original purpose was to provide civilians an opportunity to learn and practice marksmanship skills so they would be skilled marksmen if later called on to serve in the U.S. military. Over the years the emphasis of the program shifted to focus on youth development through marksmanship. From 1916 until 1996 the CMP was administered by the U.S. Army. Title XVI of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (Public Law 104-106, 10 February 1996) created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety (CPRPFS) to take over administration and promotion of the CMP. The CPRPFS is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been Federally chartered by the U.S. Congress, but is not an agency of the U.S. Government (Title 36, United States Code, Section 40701 et seq). Apart from a donation of surplus .22 and .30 caliber rifles in the Army's inventory to the CMP, the CMP receives no Federal funding.
  15. jpwilly

    jpwilly Well-Known Member

    Well irregardless, I don't know what all this mumbo jumbo is about but frankly we need to get the anti's out of fed, state, and local politics...let's work on this! I have a feeling the symptoms of the illness would then subside.
  16. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    BTW: The first long gun to be banned under the sporting purposes clause of the GCA 1968 was in 1984. A riot control shotgun made in South Africa was banned.

  17. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    The reason given publically by the State Dept. for denying the import is the fear they could fall into the wrong hands.

    If one wants to accept the SCOTUS decision US v Miller 1939, if any guns are specifically protected by the 2A, they are guns suitable for military preparedness training (militia) and not "sporting purposes".

    The 1968 GCA has a "sporting purpose" import clause (supposedly to keep out saturday night specials and the old mausersthat would impact US hunting rifle sales). However, military imports were authorised under the 1986 FOPA. Semi-auto military rifles have been imported as Curios & Relics after the 1989 executive order barring certain military imports so I suspect that is a non-issue on this Korean surplus issue. I have a M1 Carbine imported by Blue Sky, Arlington VA.

    Repeat: the reason given publically by the State Dept. for denying the import is the fear they could fall into the wrong hands.

    Perhaps there is a dispute whether the guns are loaners (military assistance) that are property of the US and should be returned to the US gov't or were bought and are property of Korea and could be re-sold to private importers with State Dept approval.

    Again: the reason given publically by the State Dept. for denying the import is the fear they could fall into the wrong hands. Not that they don't meet a sporting purpose definition. Not that they are military assitance loaners.

    (Side bar on the US v Miller 1939 militia purpose: The way my home state courts and attorney generals interpret the state constitution citizen's RKBA, guns for all lawful purposes are protected, purposes from self-defense, militia, hunting, defending livestock from predators, etc.; which I think is the way the authors of the BoR saw it: Antifederalist 2A to specifically protect militia preparedness because in their day no one would think of denying arms for self-defense or hunting, just as the Federalists did not foresee the government expanding its powers and authorities beyond those enumerated in the Constitution. )
  18. GatorRanger

    GatorRanger New Member

    Carl N. Brown,

    Well said.


    "The IATR cannot regulate guns meant for civilian use. Case closed."

    Great. Except these weapons were not meant for civilian use. That's my point. They were military weapons which means their re-importation falls under IATR until they come back and then signed over to someone like the CMP or another importer or...whoever. It's not a matter of "regulating" guns for civilians because, simply put, they are not even in American hands yet.

    "The DCM is an agency of the federal government. The federal gov't can do any darn thing it wants to."

    So...which is it? You are saying they cannot import these guns because the President banned them "permanently" in 1998 (documentation? Executive Order?), yet also that the federal government can do anything they want?

    Again, this is my point. They have the ability to re-import these weapons and are choosing not to because, as Carl pointed out, they don't want them to "fall into the wrong hands."

    In addition, the article you linked ( http://rpc.senate.gov/releases/1998/importban-kf.htm ) specifically states:

    On November 14, 1997, the Administration suspended import permits of all "modified semi-automatic assault-type rifles." All future sales of these previously legal firearms are effectively terminated, pending the Treasury review.

    "Suspended" and "pending" mean that, as I said, they have the ability to reverse this and re-import the weapons. It's not like the 1997 suspension became a Constitutional law.
  19. ol' scratch

    ol' scratch Well-Known Member

    How is it then that the CMP is still bringing them (M1 Garands and Carbines) back? Over 300,000 of them were just brought back from Greece. They even brought back m-14's. They did demill them and sell them as parts kits, but ACTUAL M-14's were just brought back. I think this has been so spun that the information is just repeating itself and changing with every new source. They have been watching this on the CMP forum too. The source the OP used too many adjectives and 'shock' factor words for me to believe it was from a creditable source.
  20. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    Some foreign countries were asked to return their M14 rifles to the US. Many of those returned rifles are being refurbished and issued to US troops.
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