My newest piece starts this way:
It sure sounds scary. "Military weapons" being reimported back into the United States. Or people getting guns without background checks. But the reception being given President Obama's two new executive orders on guns largely relies on ignorance of how the current rules work.
The president's executive order banning the reimportation of "military weapons" really only affects old M-1 Garand 30-06 rifles. These rifles have been used in the Civilian Marksmanship Program program and are mainly purchased by collectors. At one time they were "military weapons," but they were used in World War II and the Korean War.
No other US-made military rifles are being imported. And, more importantly, this semi-automatic rifle is functionally no different than any semi-automatic deer hunting. They fire the same bullets at the same rapidity and do the same damage as other deer hunting rifles. . . .
One of the emails that I received about the op-ed.
Number one in the opinion section
A list of the guns is available here, but the Garand semiautomatic rifle is the only one of any real significance. Most of the others are extremely old guns (Marlin, Model 1894 or Winchester, Model 1894).
Labels: ObamaGunControl, op-ed