Friday, August 30, 2013

Obama Action To End Civilian Marksmanship Program Sales Of Returned Military Firearms

For over a century, the government sanctioned CMP and its predecessor, The Department of Civilian Marksmanship,  imported military firearms such as M-1 Garands, M1 Carbines, Springfield 30.06, 1917 Enfield rifes, training rifle .22's  and similar rifles and sold them to members of gun clubs affiliated with the CMP. These rifles had been loaned to foreign governments and were returned by those governments to American taxpayers who footed the bill for their manufacture. The latest government to return such firearms was South Korea which returned M1 Carbines to the CMP.  Hillary Clinton, with Obama's blessing, banned the return of some 200,000 M1 Garands from South Korea while still Secretary of State. 

Now, Obama is ending importation of all private firearms importation of surplus military rifles that were provided to foreign governments by the United States.  This ban affects all importers of these firearms.This apparently means the end of the CMP sales program. 

There has been a conspicuous lack of drivebys and other wanton killings by people using surplus M1 Garands, M1 carbines, and bolt action rifles. However, Obama calls this a "Common Sense" gun regulation. Its purpose is to"reduce Gun Violence. However, the practical effect is to restrict gun sales to law abiding citizens. 

CMP has some remaining M1 Garands available, starting at $625.00 + shipping and some M1D's starting at $900.00 + shipping. Ammunition sales by CMP is not specifically mentioned as being affected by the the White House. 

 CMP is a  501c 3 Organization. 

With the same stroke of a pen, Obama also closed a "Loophole" that allowed corporations and trusts to gain access to machine guns or other "particularly dangerous weapons" by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation with a second new regulation. 

Here's the Press Release

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

FACT SHEET: New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence

Today, the Obama administration announced two new common-sense executive actions to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands and ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities. These executive actions build on the 23 executive actions that the Vice President recommended as part of the comprehensive gun violence reduction plan and the President unveiled on January 16, 2013.
Even as Congress fails to act on common-sense proposals, like expanding criminal background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime, the President and Vice President remain committed to using all the tools in their power to make progress toward reducing gun violence.
Building on the 23 Executive Actions the President and Vice President Unveiled Last January
  • Last December, the President asked the Vice President to develop a series of recommendations to reduce gun violence. On January 16, 2013, they released these proposals, including 23 executive actions. With the first Senate confirmation of an ATF Director on July 31, 2013, the Administration has completed or made significant progress on 22 of the 23 executive actions. The new executive actions unveiled today build on this successful effort. 
Closing a Loophole to Keep Some of the Most Dangerous Guns Out of the Wrong Hands
  • Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns.  These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
  •  However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation.  At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run.  ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
  • Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole.  The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.  By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.
Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets
  • When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval.  Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.
  • Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.  This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets. 
end of release

The CMP Mission must sound too much like the NRA for the government's liking. 
"To Promote Firearm Safety and Marksmanship Training With an Emphasis on Youth
That Every Youth in America Has the Opportunity to Participate in 
Firearm Safety and Marksmanship Programs"

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