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Bill Sponsored by Lawmaker to Allow Return of Garand Rifles

Army Infantryman Garand
An Army Infantryman holds a Garand rifle, and was widely used in World War II. Source: wikipedia

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming’s lone U.S. representative is sponsoring a bill to reverse a decision by the U.S. State Department banning the importation of certain military rifles from South Korea.

Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis this week introduced a bill that would allow the importation of M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines from South Korea. The United States originally supplied the guns to South Korea more than 50 years ago.

Lummis says the guns are collectors’ items today and are among the most popular in marksmanship competitions. Both the rifle and the carbine are semi-automatic weapons that the U.S. Military used in World War II and other conflicts.

Lummis says the State Department has no business blocking domestic firearms ownership.

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