Obama Administration annouces plan to refuse reimportation of firearms
The details are here, towards the bottom. For more information on the NFA firearm changes, see my post here.
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.
This is not exactly a new policy. The Obama Administration has previously denied reimport permission to firearms from South Korea. That is, these are US military surplus rifles, semi-automatic, perfectly legal for civilians to own without any special NFA hoops to jump through, and functionally no different than thousands of similar rifles already in the United States in civilian hands.
This move appears to be little more than a desperate attempt to look like the administration is doing something on guns.
This entry was published Thu Aug 29 10:34:18 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2013-08-29 10:34:18.0.