New Executive Order Could Kill CMP
President Obama has decreed in his latest set of executive orders that he is cracking down on gun violence by forbidding historic US made relics from coming back into the country for collectors.
A New Ban
The White House, in an effort to "ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities" is preparing an executive order against these guns coming back into the country.
"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," the White House said.
(This is about the closest thing we could find to a M1 Garand being used in a drive-by shooting)
The guns affected by the ban would be US-made firearms that were sent overseas. These weapons, military firearms that in many cases were given freely or loaned to US allies, will now be restricted from coming back into the country. What this means is that old M1 Carbines, Garands, Springfield rifles, Colt 1911s and other US military arms that sit in foreign arsenals can never come back to their place of birth where citizens in their former home country anxiously want them.
(During both World Wars as well as the Cold War, the US sent millions of weapons overseas to important allies to help them in the fight against the Kaiser, Fascism, or Communism.)
Killing the CMP
This ban is seen by many as a further nail in the coffin for the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
The CMP was started 110-years ago as a government-chartered program that promotes firearms safety training and rifle practice for all qualified U.S. citizens. Originally called the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) and set up in 1903 by the War Department, it came into being the same year that the Springfield '03 was adopted. You see, the old Springfield was a bolt-action rifle, which was very new at the time, and most civilian shooters were only familiar with lever action (cowboy type) guns and single shots, so the DCM/CMP was started to teach the average citizen how to use the latest military weapons.
(The CMP has for years depended on returning US firearms coming back from overseas as a source of supply for their rifle programs)
Fast forward to 1996, the Clinton-era White House carved the CMP away from the US Army and made it a government-chartered non-profit corporation. With the exception of donated surplus .22 and .30 caliber rifles in the Army's inventory to the CMP, the group gets nothing from Uncle Sam.
Besides that trickle of guns from the Army, the CMP was able to get first swing at surplus guns coming back into the country. M1 Garands, returned to the US government by allies Denmark, Greece and others over the past few decades, have made up a large portion of what the CMP was able to turn around and pass on to qualified citizens.
With this supply cut off, the CMP only has the Army's dwindling pool to choose from.
Stopping Parts Kits
The Clinton-era US government also sent more than 700,000 M14 rifles overseas to allies such as Lithuania, South Korea, and others in the 1990s. These guns represent the largest quantity of M14s left in the world. As they are retired from service with these countries, their fate is sealed. Already forbidden from re-import back to the US due to the fact that they were machineguns and the 1986 Hughes Amendment cut off private sales of that class of firearms, this new action by the White House would seemingly preclude scrapped M14s from being brought into the country as 'parts kits'.
The same rule would tend to apply to other US vets from the World Wars that are still serving overseas such as the 770,160 M1 Carbines blocked from coming back from South Korea since 2010, saying the American-made antique rifles could "potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes."
Because it's well known that the M1 Garand is used as a street-level weapon by criminal syndicates in the US, right?
NAGR and others have been protesting the White House's stance against US made military surplus guns being re-imported for years and you can sign their petition here.