A stealth plan by the Obama administration to classify hundreds of thousands of workhorse rifles used by the U.S. military and public alike as dangerous has prompted a grass-roots campaign to save the weapons, and a key U.S. senator has lent his voice to the effort.
“If we're going to reverse President Obama's Million Rifle Ban, gun owners have to turn the heat up on Congress now before it's too late,” writes Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in a campaign launched by National Association for Gun Rights.
“Please sign your Firearms Freedom Survey and put yourself squarely against President Obama's Million Rifle Ban.”
The effort urges taxpayers to commit to voting against any senator who “votes to maintain Barack Obama's M1 Garand Rifle Ban.”
The controversy developed, as WND reported in 2010, when the Korean government requested the transfer of hundreds of thousands of the rifles to U.S. private entities for subsequent commercial resale.
The weapons, however, suddenly were classified by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a “threat to the public safety in the U.S.” The State Department then canceled plans by the Republic of Korea to return the weapons, totaling a little short of a million.
At the time, David Codrea, who writes as the Gun Rights Examiner, said, “If I read this right, what they're saying is, every gun poses a threat to public safety in the U.S. This is the same rationale used in model-specific ‘assault weapons' bans – the type of gun is somehow deemed relevant, even though untold numbers of such firearms are already peaceably owned in this country, and even though no supporting evidence for this conclusion exists beyond agenda-promoting speculation.” Read more
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