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gun import blocked by 1968 gun control act

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Ironically, one of the best things to happen was the election of Obama! My modest gun collection soared in value. Consequently I've had fewer new guns to post about here because I have been more of a seller than buyer these last few years. I knew when one of my good friends that is a gun store owner expressed concerns about the future, that the general public would surely question our future gun rights.

The result was a gun and ammunition buying frenzy that drove prices up like the Hunt brothers buying Silver in the 70's.

My first thought was, a Democratic President can't take away our Second Amendment rights on his own. I tried to reassure my friend that not only was his livlihood secure, but that he should see an increase in business. I will admit that I tend to see the glass as half full rather than half empty, but on this issue, I have really strong convictions. I believe that many others have the same resolve to protect our Second Amendment as well.

Am I a gun nut or fanatic? No. I'm a Veteran, an NRA Life Member, but more importantly, I'm a law-abiding citizen that promotes responsible gun ownership, safety and education. I hold a C & R (Curios and Relics) License from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. I also maintain a gun permit.

I firmly believe that we must have laws that govern the sale, ownership and use of firearms. Our laws should be reasonable and we should enforce those laws. I realize that everyone has their own opinion about what laws we should have and I won't go into that any further than to say that the public welfare should be protected. After all, I feel the Second Amendment is about exactly that, the public welfare.

There is an old saying that "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it."

The 1968 Gun Control Act was a stupid, whimsical, whiplash knee-jerk reaction, nonsensical piece of legislation. Please remember that.

The 1968 Gun Control Act (signed by President Johnson on October 22, 1968 in the wake of the King and Kennedy assassinations) prohibited the importation of guns like my very small Baby Browning .25 caliber. The funny thing is, Kennedy was shot with an Iver Johnson (American made gun) and King was assassinated with a Remington 760 Gamemaster rifle (also American made). With the American market cut-off, F.N. produced far fewer of the Baby Browning guns from 1969 to 1979, only for export to other countries like Spain.

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