Appropriations Act Signed Into Law, Important 2A Provisions, Ok’s Surplus Gun Sales

Surplus Browning M1911 .45 ACP Pistol : img
Surplus Browning M1911 .45 ACP Pistol : img
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Washington, DC – -( On Wednesday, November 25 2015, the President signed S. 1356, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 into law.

Included in the bill were some very important pro-gun provisions that represent the culmination of long-term efforts by your NRA to advance Second Amendment right at the federal level.

Lead Ammo

The first of these provisions clarifies an exception in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that pertains to ammunition. Although TSCA clearly exempts “cartridges” and “shells” from the Act’s jurisdiction, radical environmental groups like the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) have for years been trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate lead projectiles under the Act. Splitting the finest of legal hairs, CBD has tried to claim that the exception applies only to assembled cartridges, not to their individual components. CBD characterized the effort in a fundraising appeal to supporters as “a once-in-a-lifetime campaign … to ban all lead bullets everywhere in the United States.”

Section 315 of the NDAA makes explicit the clear intent of the exception, which was to conclusively remove ammunition from the scope of the TSCA. Thus, the exception now includes not just shells and cartridges but “components of shot shells and cartridges.”

Military Self Defense

Section 526 responds to the ongoing issue of terrorist violence against America’s men and women in uniform on military installations. Ironically, individual service members are generally prohibited from carrying firearms for self-defense while on base, leading terrorists to view them as soft targets. This language would require the Secretary of Defense to “establish and implement a process by which the commanders of military installations … and such other defense facilities as the Secretary may prescribe” could “authorize a member of the Armed Forces who is assigned to duty at the installation … or facility to carry an appropriate firearm … if the commander determines that carrying such a firearm is necessary as a personal- or force-protection measure.”

Surplus 1911s For Sale

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.

The NRA thanks those pro-gun members of Congress who sponsored and voted for these provisions. They are a win for America’s law-abiding gun owners and for the nation’s gun-owning heritage.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Jim Callihan

Like everyone else, I’d like one of these myself. Please send catalog or flyer for more information regarding your business and what’s for sale. I have other interests as well. Please let me know asap as I have a couple of deals going on right now that may need revised.

Raymond Chenault

I, too, would like to know how to purchase one of these surplus 1911s. Thank you.


I also would like to know about getting one of these. How do we go about it?

Frank Hodge

Great piece of history & sidearm.
WW!! Vet.


Is this what we have to be proud of our lawyers for? so much gobble do gook that only lawyers and idiots can understand only the title?


Please does anyone know how to get one of these classics?

Elder Ambassador

I don’t think CMP will allow that with only 10,000 allowed per year. I would like the opportunity to buy 2 or 3 in any one year.

brett b

Who should we contact our Congressman to make sure that I get my piece of history. I want 1


Neil Liiebman, I disagree with you to this extent. As the article says 1911s and 1911A1s, the limit should be one of each.


CMP sales are to individuals who are in the CMP program, not retailers. If you saw any M-1s at Cabela’s it was because their owner took them there for trade or for cash.

Crotalus Maxximus

Ditto’s on the reseller’s. I would like to know how about one dozen cmp rebuilt M1 Garands ended up at a local Cabela’s for sale?

Neil Liiebman

There should and must be a limit to one of these guns per purchaser. No one needs more then one,of these guns, other then large gun dealers that will try to buy large quantities to resell them at an enormous mark up.The government has to look at this as a major issue in the sale of these guns.Do not let the big gun dealers buy mass quantities to increase there own personal gains in the profit in sales,of these guns.Is our government that money hungry that it will let this happen? Only time will tell.

Steve K

They will be sold out in a day. The BIG buyers will then resell them to us peons with a ridiculous markup.


@Jesse,that’s what I would like to know too.


How, when can I get a model 1911A1 .45 ? What will be the price range ??