President Obama’s newest enemy in the fight against illegal guns is the Civilian Marksmanship Program. This 110 year old program was founded in 1903 to ensure that soldiers returning from war would be able to keep their skills up to date incase they ever be called on again. The program returned obsolete rifles from outside our borders back to the States for Americans to use.
Here is the way the administration is describing the change: (Source Here)
Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets
- 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.
What this actually does is stop old and obsolete Pre-Vietnam era weapons such as M1 Carbine and M1 Garand. There are no data indicating any of the weapons involved in homicide were imported surplus military rifles. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s homicide crime statistics, rifles accounted for only 323 deaths out of 12,664 homicides in 2011, the most recent data set provided by the FBI.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is highly regulated to control the distribution of obsolete military firearms. Not only do participants have to comply with all state and federal laws and go through a background check before getting their guns through an FFL dealer. They also have to be a member of the Civilian Marksmanship Program shooting club, which would make it very difficult for anyone else to make use of the program. The only group how is being made exempt from this import ban is museums. Clearly the president is not concerned about crime here. These are not the types of weapons used in robberies or school shootings these are not fully automatic military grade weapons. These are Curio’s and Relics collected by family members and shot at marksmanship contests.
We urge you all to share this article to show the true intention of this administration. It is to disarm the American people, make affordable weapons un attainable, and limit your ability to preserve our heritage.
There is already a petition on Whitehouse.gov to RETRACT the executive order against the re-importation of U.S. military firearms.
Sign up now and lets squash this order. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/retract-executive-order-against-re-importation-us-military-firearms/Gw1Pc64d
You can see another article on this issue here: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/29/obamas-new-executive-order-will-kill-the-110-year-old-civilian-marksmanship-program/