Lautenberg’s war on historical arms
RECENTLY, anti-gun Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced legislation that sought to prohibit the importation of any U.S.-origin curio or relic firearm that the U.S. government has provided to foreign countries-in particular highly-collectible U.S. M1 Garand rifles, M1 Carbines and U.S. M1911 and M1911A1 pistols. Sen. Lautenberg has repeatedly lied about the likelihood of these historically significant firearms being put to criminal use, suggesting that the 9 1/2 lb., 43 1/2″ long, .30 cal. Garand has strong appeal to street thugs. Lautenberg has also attempted to promote his scheme with dire warnings about criminals convening .30 cal. Carbines to full-automatic, without pointing out that the mere possession of conversion parts is a federal felony punishable by 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Strongly pro-gun U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) deserves credit for adding an amendment to the Treasury Postal Appropriations Bill to ensure lawful permits would be approved for the importation of U.S.-origin curios and relic firearms. In addition to Rep. Murtha, special thanks go to Treasury and Postal Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) as well. Please call your U.S. Representative at (202) 224-3121, and urge him or her to keep Rep. Murtha’s amendment in the final appropriations bill.
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