Section 8019 of the bill reads: “None of the funds available to the Department of Defense may be used to demilitarize or dispose of M-1 Carbines, M-1 Garand rifles, M-14 rifles, .22 caliber rifles, .30 caliber rifles, or M-1911 pistols, or to demilitarize or destroy small arms ammunition or ammunition components that are not otherwise prohibited from commercial sale under Federal law, unless the small arms ammunition or ammunition components are certified by the Secretary of the Army or designee as unserviceable or unsafe for further use.”
NRA-ILA would like to thank U.S. Representative John Murtha (D-PA) for his help in getting the rider restored and expanded.
Murtha might be a bastard on other issues, and a King of Pork, but he’s always been good on the Second Amendment. It’s interesting that it preserves M14s too, since those are select-fire rifles, and are not transferrable to civilians, but I’m wondering if NRA is thinking they can get them released to CMP for conversion into semi-automatic M1A rifles. This would violate ATF’s current “once a machine gun always a machine gun” policy, but that can be dealt with via congressional action.
I’m also wondering if this would allow surplus of military ammunition to civilian shooters. But to be honest, even just releasing military surplus to police agencies would be a big benefit to civilian shooters, since it would help satisfy at least some of the overall demand for military calibers.