Thursday, February 16, 2012

Obama goes after Garands

M1 Garand in WWII training film
The popular and collectible Garand rifle that U.S. troops carried in World War Two and Korea appears to be coming under attack from the Obama administration.

Emily Miller writes in the Washington Times:
Mr. Obama’s budget contains other gun-grabbing surprises. The White House is looking to reclaim authority to destroy surplus M1 Garand rifles and M1 Carbines. For 30 years, the Defense Department has been blocked from scrapping these collectible firearms that served our soldiers well in World War II and the Korean War. The administration also wants to melt down the military’s spent brass casings, thwarting gun owners who have been buying and recycling the surplus materials.
In recent decades, surplus Garands have been returned to the U.S. Army from allied countries that used them for their own armies during the Cold War. As these guns were repatriated, our military turned them over the U.S. Civilian Marksmanship Program for sale to the public. Proceeds from the sales went to support the non-profit CMP which, when you include its predecessor organisations, has been advocate for and provider of marksmanship training since 1903.

In recent years, there have also been efforts by South Korea to sell aging Garands and M1 Carbines to commercial distributors in the U.S. Thus far under an Obama administration, the State Department has blocked efforts to repatriate the aging Korean stockpiles. 

1 comment:

  1. Amazing --- Obama wants to destroy weapons that were used when we were actually permitted to win a war. I am surprised that he and his socialist minions don't want to give these weapons gratis to the Mexican drug cartels so they can be used to kill or injure Americans. Imagine, our own finely crafted martial arms deliberately provided to those who would use them against us. This may seem far fetched, but with this administration in power, combined with the willing accomplices in Congress, NOTHING is out of the question for our national destruction. The soul is beginning to go, so then the body will follow -- then nothing remains.