Obama Accidently Signs Bill That Will Allow Military Surplus 1911 .45 Cal Pistols Sold to Public
Sometimes, some groups end up getting some nice carve outs in massive bills that are probably never read by the people that vote for and sign them. That’s probably a terrible thing in the long run, but for now it means that Americans who are part of the Civilian Marksmanship Program will have access to some affordable, collectible military 1911 pistols.
A provision in the Defense Spending Bill, signed into law by President Obama last night, allows for around 100,000 of these guns to be sold to US citizens through the program.
According to a press release from the NRA on the matter:
Rounding out the list of pro-gun provisions is section 1087, which restores authorization to the Secretary of Defense to transfer to the Civilian Marksmanship Program surplus M1911 and M1911A1 .45 ACP pistols for sale to the public.
The component of the CMP that dispenses the pistols would be required to obtain a federal firearms license and abide by all requirements of the Gun Control Act pertaining to licensed sales and transfers. Currently, the military has some 100,000 such pistols that it no longer needs and that are being stored as taxpayer expense. These historically-significant firearms can now be transferred to law-abiding owners at a net gain to the government’s heavily-indebted balance sheet.