The U.S. Military has about 100,000 1911 pistols sitting in storage and President Trump just signed the order to start releasing them to the public! Praise the President and pass ammo!
To be fair, President Obama signed a similar order, but the guns were never distributed—not much of a surprise there. The difference between the two Presidents, when it comes to firearms and the Second Amendment is pretty clear. H.R. 2810 is yet another example. While President Obama signed the order to start releasing the 1911s to the public through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), the order did not have requirement to actually follow through and release the guns. President Trump’s version has teeth, mandating the transfer of 8,000 to 10,000 1911s to the CMP for sale to the public. Secretary of Defense General “Maddog” Mattis, will then report the outcome of the program to Congress. The Secretary of Defense is then authorized to continue transferring up to 10,000 1911s per year for sale to the public through the CMP.
Transferring CMP 1911s
All pistol sales will occur through a federally licensed firearms dealer (FFL) in the purchaser’s state of residence, who will have to obey all state and local laws of the point of sale. Sales records allowing for the tracing of the firearms—should they later be found at a crime scene—will be kept both by the CMP and by the transferring FFL.
Furthermore, the buyer must receive the pistol from the FFL in a face-to-face transaction at the FFL’s business premises. Pistols will not be provided directly to the buyers by the CMP. This is different than the way some M1s were distributed, but conforms to current firearm conventions. However, the process will go beyond current regulation due to certain enhancements.
The CMP has further indicated two background checks will be conducted in connection with each sale. The first will be conducted through the CMP prior to shipping the pistol to the specified FFL. The second will be conducted through the FFL before releasing the pistol to the customer at the FFL’s place of business. Another variance from the usual process is demonstrated by the fact that while federal law allows an FFL to transfer a firearm three days after a “delay” response by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the CMP will only transfer the firearm to the FFL if NICS provides a “proceed” response to the first background check.
Those wishing to acquire one of the surplus 1911s must be U.S. citizens, eligible to receive firearms under federal law and the laws of their places of residence, members of a CMP-affiliated club, and able to provide proof of participation in a marksmanship activity. Only one 1911 will be available to each customer per calendar year.
Once 10,000 orders are received, the CMP will assign a random number to each customer. These customers will be contacted in sequence with the grading and pricing options that are then available. No timeline for release or pricing information is currently available.
This is another major victory for gun owners under the Trump administration. The NRA released a statement stating its thanks and appreciation to thank Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their leadership in this historic effort.
As soon as further details or release dates become available, The Armory will pass them along, so keep checking back!
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