In the last installment of the Roundup we reported that the Obama administration had blocked the import of several hundred-thousand surplus M1 Garands and M1 Carbines from South Korea, fearing they could be used for "illicit purposes." A new bill sponsored by Senators John Tester and Max Baucus, both from the great state of Montana, would allow American-made weapons that were transferred to a foreign government to be re-imported and sold in the U.S.
According to KXLF News, Butte, under the Collectible Firearms Protection Act "firearms that are lawfully possessed by a foreign government-and that are more than 50 years old and considered antiques or relics-may be re-imported to properly licensed groups and sold without written permission from the U.S. Departments of State or Defense." Unfortunately the bill would require the signature of the very president who is sandbagging the import of the weapons, or a 2/3 majority of the wussies in Congress to override his veto, neither of which seems likely.
Iowa Gun Group Seeks Constitutional Amendment
Iowa is one of only six states that has nothing in its state constitution protecting the right to keep and bear arms. The Iowa Firearms Coalition (formerly Iowa Carry) and NRA will be seeking to change that in the 2011 legislative session. The language of the amendment they propose is as follows:
The right of individuals to acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, and use arms to defend life and liberty and for all other legitimate purposes is fundamental and inviolable. Licensing, registration, special taxation, or any other measure that suppresses or discourages the free exercise of this right is forbidden.According to the Iowa Constitution, an amendment must be approved by two successive legislatures before it can be placed before Iowa voters for a vote.
Vote Pro-Gun In November!
Gun nuts need to be sure to vote in the upcoming election. But who to vote for? The NRA endorses any incumbent who's not rabidly anti-gun (sewage like John McCain, for instance) and grades everyone on the curve. I like the strict rating system that Gun Owners of America uses better. Check out the Gun Owners of America- Political Victory Fund site here and click on your state to see your candidates' grades. So far GOA only rates candidates for federal office, not state office like NRA. For state candidates, if your gut tells you a candidate is a douchebag, but he receives high marks from NRA, I'd trust my gut.
Use the ballot box this November, but keep the bullet box handy.