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Importation of Korean War Garands More Likely

The State Department is reconsidering its ban on the importation of U.S. made Korean War era M1 Garands from South Korea.

From Guns and Patriots:

“The Department will consider a new request from the Republic of Korea (ROK) to transfer its inventory of approximately 87,000 M-1 Garand rifles into the United States for sale on the commercial market,” a spokesperson at the U. S. Department of State said to Guns&Patriots on Dec. 2. “We have not yet received that request.”

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North Korea Developing EMP Bomb, Electronic Weapons

From ABC News:

The North is believed to be nearing completion of an electromagnetic pulse bomb that, if exploded 25 miles above ground would cause irreversible damage to electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, radio and radar, experts say.

The current attempts to interfere with GPS transmissions are coming from atop a modified truck-mounted Russian device. Pyongyang reportedly imported the GPS jamming system from Russia in early 2000 and has since developed two kinds of a modified version.

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South Korean navy commandos kill Somalian pirates and release captured crew

AFP/HO/File – This photo, released by the Defence Ministry, shows South Korean navy UDT/SEAL members capturing Somali pirates

SEOUL (AFP) – Seoul newspapers heaped praise on South Korean navy commandos who battled pirates off the coast of Somalia to release captured crew.

“The Cheongha Unit salvages national pride,” declared the Dong-A Ilbo’s frontpage banner headline over a colour photo of SEAL special forces storming a South Korean freighter that had been taken by pirates in the Indian Ocean.

In a pre-dawn operation about 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) off northeast Somalia on Friday, the elite troops freed all the hostages, killing eight pirates and capturing five others in compartment-to-compartment battles.

The Korea Times said the success would serve as a “clear message that Seoul will no longer compromise with pirates, terrorists and hijackers.”;_ylt=AiNRHod4YCIrxbbloczPdCt0fNdF

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North Korea Shells South Korea: Video

This is security camera footage from the South Korean island that was attacked earlier today.

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North Korean Artillery Attack on a Southern Island

This is republished with permission of STRATFOR


North Korea and South Korea have reportedly traded artillery fire Nov. 23 across the disputed Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the Yellow Sea to the west of the peninsula. Though details are still sketchy, South Korean news reports indicate that around 2:30 p.m. local time, North Korean artillery shells began landing in the waters around Yeonpyeongdo, one of the South Korean-controlled islands just south of the NLL. North Korea has reportedly fired as many as 200 rounds, some of which struck the island, injuring at least 10 South Korean soldiers, damaging buildings and setting fire to a mountainside. South Korea responded by firing some 80 shells of its own toward North Korea, dispatching F-16 fighter jets to the area and raising the military alert to its highest level.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak has convened an emergency Cabinet meeting, and Seoul is determining whether to evacuate South Koreans working at inter-Korean facilities in North Korea. The barrage from North Korea was continuing at 4 p.m. Military activity appears to be ongoing at this point, and the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff are meeting on the issue. No doubt North Korea’s leadership is also convening. Read the rest of this entry »

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ATF Tries to Scuttle Plan to Reimport Surplus Rifles

In this story from World Net Daily, author Bob Unruh reveals how the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco, and Firearms is blocking a plan for South Korea to return thousands of surplus M-1 Garand rifles and M-1 Carbines to the US for resale to the public. The ATF cites a “threat to public safety” as the reason to block the return of these classic American-made weapons.

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President Forbids Sale of Korean War Rifles

This story comes on the heels of the EPA trying to ban lead ammunition. The South Korean government is trying to sell thousands of M1s and M1 carbines to U.S. citizens to raise money. Gun control advocates don’t want the transfers to occur:

“Guns that can take high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety,” said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Even though they are old, these guns could deliver a great amount of firepower. So I think the Obama administration’s concerns are well-taken.”

The State Department’s excuse was:

“The transfer of such a large number of weapons — 87,310 M1 Garands and 770,160 M1 Carbines — could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes,” the spokesman told

The problem is the federal government assumes the worst about the people who will buy these weapons. I doubt a single person who purchases one of these rifles will commit a crime with it. My guess would be that most will be bought by vets who actually fought in the war and collectors.

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