As a retired federal agent, I was interested in the article, "President offers new gun control measures" on page A-3 of your August 30 edition. It states President Obama has issued executive orders to require corporations and trusts to name a person, who must pass a background check, to possess firearms. I am OK with that. The second executive order "will end a government practice that lets military weapons, sold or donated by the U.S. to allies, be reimported into the U.S. by private entities, where some may end up on the streets." I worked "the streets" as an agent from 1970 to 1996 and never arrested a criminal armed with any weapon we gave or donated during World War Two. I never saw a bad guy armed with an M-1 Garand, M1 Carbine, bolt action Model 1903 or a Model P-17 bolt action rifle. These are the banned "military grade weapons."
The article states that Vice President Biden was the point-man on gun control and unveiled these new actions. He said, "It's simple, it's straightforward, it's commonsense." I would ask them why these WWII, and older firearms are a danger on the streets. I have never read where someone robbed a bank with an M1 Garand.
South Korea has on hand about 800,000 M1 Garand Rifles and 200,000 M1 Carbines, formerly given by us to them. Purchasers of these old guns would have to fill out a BATFE Form 4473 and pass a background check to take possession of the firearm. The people buying these WWII vintage arms are gun collectors and history buffs. The issuing of orders to do what Congress refused to do last April when they rejected Obama's anti-gun program merely shows us Obama will rule despite what the peoples' representatives say.
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