As if "dishonorable discharge" wasn't enough threat to take the serviceman's 2A rights, the new stresses of the war on terror, .mil prescribed psychoactive drugs, and an ungrateful public weigh in as well: that sux ballz.
Another gem state dept. quote re: the refusal to import our ally's Korean war relics which they need to raise hard currency to support their domestic military.....not for public release:
"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.”"
VA, ATF say no guns for Iraq war vet
September 5th, 2010 9:41 am ET.Do you like this story?
"Iraq Veteran Stripped of Right To Bear Arms," 5 News Ft Smith-Fayetteville tells us.
"A year ago the Irelan's began receiving a small stipend from Veterans Affairs because Lana had to take over the family's finances...The V.A. declared Wayne Irelan incompetent and now his right to own a gun is gone."
Why would they do that, and what are the repercussions?
"Irelan has post traumatic stress disorder from the Iraq war, but his wife says he has never been violent...The couple didn't know Wayne's gun rights had been terminated until they went to get a gun out of pawn. Days later Wayne got a letter from the Arkansas State Police saying his concealed carry permit had been revoked. The ATF has told the Irelans that they could go to jail if a firearm is found in their home."
How did such a state of affairs come to be?
Why don't we ask that "gun lobby" we're told never compromises?
This 5 News story seems short on details. I didn't mean to intrude on Fort Smith Gun Rights Examiner Steve D. Jones' turf, so if he finds out anything further, I'll be sure to point it out.
I do find it interesting that ATF essentially advised that one prohibited person is all it takes to disarm everyone under the same roof. If that's the case, they need to investigate former Westchester, NY anti-gun prosecutor Jeanine Pirro, who claimed she had guns three years before she and her felon husband separated. Maybe they can team up with the local cops and do a "no-knock" gun safety storage check while they're at it.
Clash of the 'pro-gun' Titans?
Hardly. Even though they're making the obligatory noises, it appears all we have is posturing that doesn't even qualify as a slap fight.
We talked yesterday about the Haslam/McWherter governor's race in Tennessee. On further checking, I recalled that Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner Liston Matthews covered this ground last April.
Go read his report. Bill Haslam already had a shot at carrying the ball and he dropped it like a hot potato. And make sure you check out the links Liston provides for candidate answers to gun questions published in The Tenneseean, and his follow-up analysis.
It will be interesting to see if either of these candidates respond to my new request, and if they do, what they'll say.
hillary Does Not speak for us.
Obama Bans More than 100,000 American-Made Rifles
Opinion by The Volokh Conspiracy
(August 17, 2010) in Society / Guns
By David Kopel
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.”
Regarding the second objection, any firearm lawfully imported into the United States would eventually be sold by a Federal Firearm Licensee who, pursuant to the background check system imposed by Congress (and endorsed by the NRA) would have to contact federal or state law enforcement to verify that the gun buyer is not prohibited from possessing firearms.
Accordingly, the risk that the South Korean surplus guns might fall into the hands of gangsters or other bad people is exactly the same as with the sale of any other retail firearm in the United States. Notably, neither the M1 Garand nor the M1 carbine are concealable, and the M1 Garand is long, heavy, and bulky. Accordingly, the criminal utility of such guns is relatively low.
The second Obama administration objection is accidents. But in fact, increasing gun density in the United States has been associated with steeply declining rates of gun accidents. In 1948 there were .36 guns per person. (That is, about one gun for every three Americans.) By 2004, there was nearly one gun for every American. In 1948, there were 1.6 fatal gun accidents per 100,000 persons. By 2004, the rate had fallen by 86%, so that there were .22 fatal accidents per 100,000 persons. (For underlying data, see Appendix B of my amicus brief in Heller.)
Legally, it is indisputable that the guns are importable. Being over 50 years old, the rifles are automatically “Curios and Relics” according to federal law. 27 CFR section 478.11. Accordingly, they are by statutory definition importable. 18 USC section 925 (e)(1). Notwithstanding the law, the Obama administration has the ability to pressure the South Korean government to block the sale of the guns.
President Obama was elected on the promise that he supported individual Second Amendment rights. His administration’s thwarting of the import of these American-made rifles is not consistent with that promise.
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