In the last few months, the recreational shooting community became aware of plans for the South Korean government to sell over 100,000 US-manufactured World War II era rifles to an importer in the United States. This importer would then presumably offer these rifles for sale to law-abiding collectors and shooters in the USA.
A recent report from the Korea Times indicates that the Obama administration has blocked their import for reasons that are unclear (linked here: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...205_71329.html
It’s important to know that there is plenty of legitimate precedent for selling M-1 Garand and M-1 Carbine rifles to law-abiding citizens who can legally purchase firearms. The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP, http://www.odcmp.com/
), a federally-chartered corporation that serves youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities, partially finances their operations by selling such rifles to citizens from US government stocks.
The “Korean” rifles belong to the American people. They were carried by our fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins and friends, cornerstones of “the greatest generation”. These firearms served admirably in the defense of our freedoms, and the federal government should actively facilitate their return to the United States so current and future generations of law-abiding citizens can enjoy and honor their history.
I request that you speak to the Obama administration to determine which government agency has blocked the import of these historic artifacts so efforts can be made to move forward with the importation of these firearms. There is some speculation that they are part of a government lend-lease program, which may mean they have always been US Government property, and could be sold quite handily through the CMP.
We in the millions-strong shooting community appreciate your staunch support of Second Amendment rights, and hope to hear a statement from you soon in regards to this issue.