Vermont gun importer lays off 41, blames rules

A Vermont gun importer is blaming the White House for the layoff of 41 workers because it blocked a deal to re-import a number of historic American-made firearms from South Korea.

Century International Arms, of Fairfax, says the White House blocked its permits for the deal.

While the White House didn't respond to requests for comment Friday, 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 permits to do so until the White House intervened and blocked the deal.

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