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Fri June 6, 2014

Vermont Gun Importer Lays Off 41, Blames Rules

Infantryman in 1942 with M1 Garand rifle
Infantryman in 1942 with M1 Garand rifle
Credit U.S. Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

A Vermont gun importer is blaming the White House for the layoff of 41 workers.

Century International Arms, of Fairfax, says the White House blocked its permits for a deal to re-import a number of historic American-made firearms from South Korea.

While the White House isn't responding to claims that the Obama administration blocked a permit allowing the company to re-import vintage World War II-era M1 rifles, last summer it issued a release saying it was blocking the re-importation of surplus military weapons as a way to reduce gun violence.

Century Arms said Thursday it had been planning on importing a large number of vintage WWII-era, M1 Garand rifles from South Korea and it had all the proper permits to do so until the White House intervened and blocked the deal.

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