Feb 17, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) has introduced the Collectible Firearms Protection Act to restore Americans' access to historic firearms that were produced in the United States in the mid-twentieth century.

The bill would nullify a 2010 State Department decision blocking the import of rifles and carbines from South Korea, firearms that the U.S. originally sent to South Korea as part of military efforts. The same models of these firearms are manufactured and privately owned in the United States and are popular among marksmen.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has jurisdiction over these weapons as well as their modern counterparts, and the Collectible Firearms Protection Act simply takes redundant jurisdiction over these imports away from the State Department.

“These M1 models represent a significant piece of our military history and should be available to collectors in America to the extent that other legal firearms of the same make are routinely bought and privately owned. The State Department has no right to restrict Second Amendment liberties. Its policy is unnecessarily restrictive and puts a double-standard on these weapons, which originated within our borders,” said Collins.

"M1 Garand rifles and M1 carbines are highly sought after collectibles, and for far too long they have been used as political pawns to restrict Second Amendment rights. There is no reason these highly sought-after collectibles should be blocked from importation. The NRA applauds Rep. Doug Collins for introducing this common-sense legislation,” said Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA-ILA.

Collectors of these historic imports will continue to be subject to the Gun Control Act, which requires dealers to keep records of firearm transactions and to submit potential customers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Importers will also have to obtain an import license from the ATF in order to bring these firearms back into the United States.

Original co-sponsors of the bill include Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Brian Babin (R-Texas).