The 1942 Panzer IV Ausf. F2 was an upgrade of the Ausf. F, fitted with the KwK 40 L/43 anti-tank gun to counter Soviet T-34 and KV tanks. Picture taken by Mark Pellegrini, at the United States Army Ordnance Museum (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD) - 6/12/2007

From Washington Arms Collectors, Inc.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today said billionaire Paul Allen, who recently donated $500,000 to support gun control Initiative 594, has taken hypocrisy to a new level by attempting to purchase a WWII vintage German Panzer tank as reported in the Examiner, the Seattle Post Intelligencer and the San Francisco Chronicle.

“While Paul Allen is eager to get his hands on a genuine weapon of war,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “he is all-too-willing to support a measure that throws obstacles in the way of law-abiding citizens who may just want to borrow or buy a firearm from a friend or in-law. How silly is that?”

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Published reports say Allen’s Vulcan Warbirds company allegedly paid $2.5 million to a foundation for the tank, which apparently sits idle in California’s Portola Valley. When the Collings Foundation would not release the tank, claiming it was never actually sold and that it never intended to give the tank up, Allen’s company filed suit in San Mateo County.

“This is simply incredible,” Gottlieb said. “This elitist Seattle billionaire thinks it is just fine to make it more inconvenient for average citizens to buy, sell or loan a rifle, shotgun or handgun, but he wants to buy a German tank with a 75mm cannon! We looked through I-594, which Allen supports, and discovered why he’s probably hot to purchase that Panzer. I-594 has a tank-sized loophole.

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