ATF: Surplus Korean firearms imports ‘pose a threat to public safety in the U.S.

The stunning classification of an ordinary gun that was used in the U.S. military for two decades and issued to thousands of soldiers and Marines during World War II and Korea as a threat came in a document by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

By David Codrea |

In August, I asked “Why is Obama Administration blocking import of surplus rifles?,” citing “problems” that were described as “ambiguous” being the reason a sale previously approved by the State Department had been halted.

The ambiguity has now been cleared up.  A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives advisory titled “Effect of Granting Retransfer Authority” shows us the rationale behind the move.  As the “upgrade” no longer allows content providers to embed objects, I must refer you offsite for the complete document. But in the interests of discussing the report, I have also broken it up into numbered graphics (see slide show in left margin):

1. Here it is in black and white:

“…ATF believes the importation of these firearms, particularly the M1 carbine rifle and M-1911 pistol, poses a threat to public safety in the U.S.”

This is the same rationale used in model-specific “assault weapons” bans–the type of gun is somehow deemed relevant, even though untold numbers of such firearms are already peaceably owned in this country, and even though no supporting evidence for this conclusion exists beyond agenda-promoting speculation.

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