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Obama Bans Guns From Korea This Year They Allowed Last Year

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Coming to you from The Volokh Conspiracy via Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit comes this little gem.  Can you smell the logic?  (snifffff)  Mmmmmm  Tasty.

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about an article in the Korea Times reporting that the Obama administration was blocking the import of American-made M1 Garands and M1 Carbines which the South Korean government wished to sell into the U.S. market. The Korea Times reported that an unnamed Korean official said that the American government was blocking the imports because of objections to increasing the gun supply in the United States.

Some blog commenters speculated that the Korea Times was wrong, and that the real objection must have been that since the rifles were probably gifts from the United States government, the terms of the gift required that the rifles be given back to the U.S. Army once the Koreans did not want them any more.

Today, Maxim Lott’s reporting for FoxNews confirms that the Korea Times accurately characterized the American government objections:

    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

Yes, because those pesky gangs and drug-lords always like to use those M1 Garands.  Actually, I would like to know who is buying these kinds of weapons at such a rate year after year.  But, I doubt it is American gangs.  More than likely, it is American gun traders selling them to Mexican and CentralSouth American drug cartels.

These are vintage weapons.  They were made in America and given to our soldiers and sold abroad during and after the Vietnam and Korean wars.  Korea wants to get rid of them and ship them back to us.  People here want to buy them. 

Nuff said.



#1 J. Tyler Ballance 02-Sep-2010

That question about how the ROK obtained the rifles in the first place remains paramount. If the rifles were given to the South Koreans, then they have the right to sell them once they are deemed obsolete. However, our usual way of providing defense equipment is via a transfer agreement that spells out the disposal of the asset; this typically being, transfer to another friendly country, referred back to one of the US state or local govenments, or in the last resort, rendering the equipment inert/useless.


I have never known US donated weapons material to be legally resold  from a foreign country, back to Americans via the civilian market. 


If it is a legal sale, the M1 and the Carbines are not a threat to national or local security. These weapons are semi-automatic, meaning that they shoot only one round at a time, with the only advantage over the rifles with the bolt, being that you do not need to cock in between the rounds.


I carried an M1 all through my OCS training. They can get mighty heavy on a long run! Still, I would buy one for old times sake, if I got a good deal.

#2 captainfish 03-Sep-2010

Thanks Ballance.  Your points just add more to the intrigue surrounding the reasons given for the ban by this administration.

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