Lummis Bill Overturns State Department Gun Control; Would Allow Importation of Historic U.S. Rifles from America’s Ally South Korea

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M1 Garand Rifle called the "greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large) introduced H.R. 2611: the Collectible Firearms Protection Act. This 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 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.

“Legislation shouldn’t even be needed for U.S. citizens to purchase perfectly legal and regulated firearms especially in this case with storied, American made rifles that are pieces of U.S. military history,” said Rep. Lummis. “This is simply a political stunt on the part of the State Department to deny law-abiding citizens, firearm collectors, and competitive marksman the exercise of their Second Amendment rights. The State Department has no business blocking domestic firearm ownership and my bill will make sure it stops.”

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