Obama Administration reverses course, forbids sale of 850,000 antique S.Korean M1s.

The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money…

The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.

The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March – a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.

A State Department spokesman said the administration’s decision was based on concerns that the guns could fall into the wrong hands.

“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 spokesman told FoxNews.com.

“We are working closely with our Korean allies and the U.S. Army in exploring alternative options to dispose of these firearms.”

Gun control advocates praised the Obama administration for taking security seriously.

“Guns that can take high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety,” said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Even though they are old, these guns could deliver a great amount of firepower. So I think the Obama administration’s concerns are well-taken.”

But gun rights advocates point out that possessing M1 rifles is legal in the United States — M1s are semi-automatics, not machine guns, meaning the trigger has to be pulled every time a shot is fired — and anyone who would buy a gun from South Korea would have to go through the standard background check.

“Any guns that retail in the United States, of course, including these, can only be sold to someone who passes the National Instant Check System,” said David Kopel, research director at the conservative Independence Institute. “There is no greater risk from these particular guns than there is from any other guns sold in the United States.”

Source: Maxim Lott for Fox News.

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  • TheElkSlayer70

    I doubt the carbines would even be provided with magazines. And a garand is only 8 shots. Pity, that would have made m1 carbines affordable for a while along with the m1s. Just more democrat crap about not trusting people to be responsible for their actions. I guess we’re just a bunch of little kids with a vote!

  • OregonMike

    I would venture to say that CARS imorted from Korea will kill far more people and do many times the damage that legally obtained M1’s might. Maybe life would be too simple without GUNphobics but if we could confine them to say 4 states, the other 46 would be virtually crime free as those bent on violence would head for the easy pickings.

  • Eric

    This is not really about high-capacity magazines or other firearms innovations; it is about fear of the intentions of others, especially by emotional cripples who can’t determine “Good” from “Evil.” The writers, George Orwell (1984), and Aldous Huxley (BRAVE NEW WORLD), documented this personality well, since they knew what the future held, at least for British citizens, who have effectively lost their right of self-defense, starting in the 1960s. Consider the most likely mindset of the typical “anti-gun” person, who will not help another person feloniously attacked because they lack the courage and training as well as the “means” (a gun, a knife, etc.). Again, it must be emphasized, this is not a battle over firearms and their defensive use. It is about what kind of society we want to live in. Do we want a free society where people are willing and able to defend against criminal violence or do we want a fearful, cowardly society where people will “de facto” permit criminal predators free reign, so the “surviving” cowards can live in “quiet desperation” waiting for their fate? The anti-gun mentality is about deep fears in the minds of “anti-gun” people which are caused by forces primarily other than fear of “crime.” Lack of “trust” in others is probably the strongest motivator. The Post-Modern Philosophical schools which deny “free-will” are another powerful force generating the “modern coward,” as Jeff Cooper described so eloquently. The typical anti-gun person fears the cop as well as the criminal. The concept of an “armed citizen” is, by definition, incomprehensible to the anti-gun person, not just by definition, but, in terms of causality, because the man or woman who would defend their own life or the life of another diminishes the anti-gun person to the status of a pathetic coward, so the anti-gun person seeks to “ban” the gun and, thereby, destroy the “gun-owner” with the result the anti-gun person no longer feels like the coward he or she actually is. The “anti-gun” / anti-civil rights crowd is a political religion — probably spawned by lazy, shallow, consumerist values — wherein exists a collective mentality expressing excessive “conviction” fueling the faith of “more guns, more crime” regardless of evidence to the contrary by John Lott, Gary Kleck, Gary Mauser et al. In practical terms, the Brady Center and their cynical, totalitarian allies (The Violence Policy Center, Oxfam, Amnesty International, George Soros, et al.) strongly desire to impose a “de facto” police state, where freedom is traded for so-called security. The essence is summarized by this Machiavellian warning: “They trust no one because they, themselves, know they can’t be trusted.” Hence, why they are so worried about anyone – including off duty law enforcement – possession of firearms (or any “powerful technology.”) They will never listen as they are collectively obsessive-compulsive, if you want the clinical theory. So what should one do? What can one do in such a dire situation which has been slowly “boiling-the-frog” for over 40 years??? Acknowledge the facts and act! This is a political battle, so join the NRA, influence BOTH republicans and democrats, influence the “on-the-fence” British and Canadians and Australians, so the UN will, in turn, be influenced to stop the “Global War on Your Guns,” in the words of the NRA Exec. VP. Don’t be political sheep (worse, “asleep sheep!”), be political wolves! Only political involvement and “counter-activism” will solve this as this is a struggle against anti-freedom forces that will never quit and never be satisfied because, deep down, they aren’t satisfied with their own deeply fearful lives.

  • Hk

    “Guns that can take high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety.”

    Wow! This must be the first time I’ve seen this backwards; the Garand uses clips not magazines, you numbnuts! And last time I checked, 10 rounds does not qualify as, “high-capacity,” in the states that have determined that is a factor.

  • VTGunner

    I figured this would happen. Afterall it’s not like a background check would need to be completed or anything when you sell a gun to someone in the US. Nope we just give them away to whoever wants one….give me a freakin break Obummer!!!!