House passes bill that includes selling milsurp 1911s through CMP
The House version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was approved and included a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP M1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.
Added as an amendment by U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it would speed up the transfer of potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns in government hands to the public. The legislation passed 344-81 and was sent to the Senate for consideration.
“This policy has been included in the NDAA since 2015, but the Obama Administration blocked the Army to transfer the 1911s for political reasons,” said Rogers in a statement Friday. “I am hopeful that with the help of the Trump Administration, we can make this provision a reality.”
Two years ago, President Obama signed the FY16 spending bill into law, which authorized the Army may transfer no more than 10,000 of their estimated 100,000 surplus 1911s per year to the CMP during a one-year pilot program. However, the transfer was never implemented, leaving the pistols in limbo. Rogers’ amendment, added as Section 1064, would strip away the 10,000-gun cap and make it mandatory for the pistols to move, striking “may transfer” and replacing it with “shall transfer” with the schedule in the hands of the secretary of the Army.
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