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The U.S. government is opposing Korea’s bid to sell thousands of aging U.S. combat rifles to American gun collectors.

By Jung Sung-ki

The U.S. government opposed South Korea’s bid to sell hundreds of thousands of aging U.S. combat rifles to American gun collectors, a senior government official said Thursday.

The ministry announced the plan last September as part of efforts to boost its defense budget, saying the export of the M1 Garand and carbine rifles would start by the end of 2009.

The U.S. administration put the brakes on the plan, citing “problems” that could be caused by the importation of the rifles.

The problems the U.S. government cited were somewhat ambiguous, said an official at the Ministry of National Defense on condition of anonymity.

“The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents. It was also worried the weapons could be smuggled to terrorists, gangs or other people with bad intentions,” the official told The Korea Times.

“We’re still looking into the reason why the U.S. administration is objecting to the sale of the rifles and seeking ways to resolve the problems raised,” he said.

Critics say the ministry pushed to sell the firearms in a hasty manner without enough consultation with the U.S. beforehand, as calls were growing to increase defense expenditure.

The Seoul government sought to sell the outdated U.S guns back to the United States.

A total of 86,000 M1 rifles and another 22,000 carbines were to be sold, as the weapons have been mothballed for about five decades in military warehouses. The per-unit price of the M1 rifle is about $220 and the carbine is more than $140, according to the ministry.

M1s were made first in 1926 and used in World War II and the 1954-1975 Vietnam War. The carbines were first produced in 1941 and used during the 1950-1953 Korean War.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 4:09 PM

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gun collectors are 'people with bad intentions?the only control the gov has over guns is to ban importation because they cant put US gun makers out of business!ASSHOLES!i never saw a gang member do a drive by with a M! or a carbine.terrorists use bombs and like to blow shit up.

3 years 49 weeks ago, 4:10 PM

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I'll take twelve of each. My lone carbine needs a few friends!

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 4:15 PM

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Well crap!

“The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents. It was also worried the weapons could be smuggled to terrorists, gangs or other people with bad intentions,” the official told The Korea Times.

aging rifles? come again!!
They are in better operating condition than me without a doubt!
Another thing, If we don't import them,they will surely fall into the hands of terrorists and "people with bad intentions".

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 6:49 PM

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of these weapons, it will drive down the price of the Garand. I want a couple but at current prices of $1000 to you name it, they are just out of reach. Vaqero is dead on right, my mil-surp rifles function much better than I do, but at least I am as dependable as they are....LOL!

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 7:14 PM

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Mass would ok there sales in state so who's going to buy me one when they come up for sale? I want the carbine and will send cash + shipping.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 7:25 PM

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plus it would look good hanging in my collection until you 'get the fuck out of dodge'...lol!

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:20 AM

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The are in mint condition if the are packed in cosmoline!! Its another liberal douchbag idea of scare tactics. Hurt someone??? I'd like to shove an M-1 up/ with a bayonet attached!!
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3 years 49 weeks ago, 7:25 AM

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Thanks Hamp

But this statement is just total bullshit
"The U.S. insisted that imports of the aging rifles could cause problems such as firearm accidents. It was also worried the weapons could be smuggled to terrorists, gangs or other people with bad intentions,” the official told The Korea Times."
These guns have to go through a dealer of some sort so who in the hell is going to sell them to gangbangers and terrorist? Fire arm accidents? isn't that just cleaning the gene pool alittle? Once again the geniouses in our gov. at work. Bluff and spout off without a clue on what you're actually talking about.

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