M1’s Are Apparently Arma Non Grata

After the Korean War, we left a number of weapons in South Korea (or perhaps sold them to the South Koreans). Now, Korea is interested in sending them home. Turns out that our government doesn’t want us to have them:

According to The Korea Times, the Obama administration has blocked efforts by the South Korean government to sell over a  hundred thousand surplus M1 Garand and Carbine rifles into the United States market. These self-loading were rifles introduced in 1926 and 1941. As rifles, they are especially well-suited to community defense in an emergency, as in the cases of community defense following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Along with AR-15 type rifles, the M1 rifles are the quintessential firearms of responsible citizenship, precisely the type of firearms which civic responsibility organizations such as the Appleseed Project teach people how to use.

According to a South Korean official, “The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents. It was also worried the weapons could be smuggled to terrorists, gangs or other people with bad intentions.”

We import any number of firearms which are made all over the world(China, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Italy, Germany, etc) every year. Many of these are guns from the WWII period and are in varying states of usefulness and repair. Why these M1 rifles should be singled out for special treatment is troubling–or maybe they have not been singled out.

As noted in the linked article, President Obama has stated that he is a supporter of the Second Amendment, but his actions have led many to understand that those were “just words.”