There have been a metric buttload of M1 Garand and M1 Carbine rifles sitting in legal limbo for years. They’re surplus firearms that were issued during the Korean War, but since the end of the conflict they’ve been collecting dust as no one seems to want them. Except American firearms collectors, that is. The State Department has blocked their importation on the grounds that these guns might be used to commit crimes, and one Wyoming congresswoman, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, is sufficiently pissed off about it that she’s actually doing something to try to remedy the situation . . .
She’s introduced and amendment to remove “curio and relic” guns from the State Department’s jurisdiction . . .
On Tuesday U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo) introduced H.R. 2247, the Collectible Firearms Protection Act. The bill reverses a State Department decision to block the importation of historic M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea. Originally furnished by the United States to South Korea for military purposes over 50 years ago, the rifles are widely sought collectors’ items and among the most popular rifles in marksmanship competitions. The rifles are perfectly legal to manufacture and sell in the United States and like all firearm imports would be subject to the federal rules and regulations governing retail firearm sales. A similar sale from South Korea was approved during the Reagan Administration. The current State Department’s interference with the sale runs counter to the intent of Congress, which on two prior occasions amended the law to allow for this kind of transaction.
“It’s disappointing that legislation is even necessary to allow U.S. citizens to access perfectly legal and regulated firearms, in this case storied, U.S.-made rifles that are pieces of U.S. military history,” Rep. Lummis said. “This is a political stunt on the part of the State Department, pure and simple, while denying the exercise of Second Amendment rights by law-abiding citizens, firearm collectors, and competitive marksman. The State Department has no business blocking domestic firearm ownership; they are way out of bounds and my legislation will put them back in their place.”