The Obama administration has moved to block the sale of 857,470 Korean War vintage rifles. The rifles were previously approved for sale from the South Korean government to American citizens, but the Obama administration yanked back approval without explanation.

The rifles consist of 770,160 M1 Carbines and 87,310 M1 Garand rifles.  These rifles are fifty years old and are technically “curios and relics”, but they are still fine pieces of equipment which can be used in hunting deer and other wild game.

The rifles are also important pieces of history.  These weapons were used by American soldiers to protect South Korea from the Red Chinese.  These rifles are fairly rare in the United States and should be preserved as an important part of our national heritage.

These rifles are semi-automatic and are full legal in the United States.  The Obama administration is exploiting a loophole in the law which allows them to ban these rifles due to their previous ownership.  The South Korean government sold 200,000 of these rifles in the United States in 1987 and those rifles have served Americans well for more than two decades.

This appears to be one more step by the Democrats to make affordable firearms unavailable — effectively implementing gun control on everyone but the wealthy. The administration is refusing to comment on this gun ban — yet another example of how Barack Obama has created one of the least transparent administrations in American history.