President Barack Obama's newly announced executive order to stop the re-import of military-grade weapons could essentially end the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Congress created the program as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act to help citizens perfect their marksmanship. Today, those who receive the antiquated weapons must submit to a background check, comply with all federal and state laws, and be a member of a CMP-affiliated shooting club. Still, Obama worries that many of the guns trafficked through the program end up on the streets.
"Without the importation of these rifles, the CMP is likely to become defunct and thus destroying a 110-year tradition of saving military arms and their civilian ownership," The Daily Called reported.
The president's proposal, announced Thursday, would halt the import of military surplus weapons that the United States sells or donates to allies, by private individuals or groups. According to The Associated Press, 250,000 military-grade guns have come back into the United States over the last eight years, many of them ending up on the streets.