Congressman Pushing for Civilians to Get Surplus Military Handguns

Representative Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)54%

(R-AL-3rd Dist.) is pushing to allow civilians to acquire surplus military handguns the same way they acquire surplus military M1 Garand rifles: namely, through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

The CMP has been around for decades but has been making M1 Garands available to civilians since 1996.

According to, Rogers wants to open CMP to military handguns as well, so that Americans can acquire 1911 pistols if they so choose. He is doing this through an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

His amendment passed on a committee vote and is expected to come up on the floor later in May.

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