I was looking through legislation for the 116th US Congress for another upcoming post when I came across this:

H.R.4789 – To allow Federal law enforcement officers to purchase retired service weapons, and for other purposes.

What is more interesting is that it comes from Rep. Val Butler Demings  [D-FL-10].

There is no text for the bill available online yet.  I have set an alert to let me know when the text is available.

I have purchased law enforcement surplus guns in the past.  Usually, they were cheap and holster worn the taken care of on the inside and they shot well.

Unless this bill very specifically prohibits those weapons from being resold by federal LEO’s, this could be very interesting for us, having retired service weapons trickle their way into the used market.

Personally, I’d love to see more retired service weapons make their way onto the used market.  I know there are a ton of old Remington Model 8 rifles in 35 Remington that were used by the Federal Bureau of Prisons that are sitting in basements gathering dust.  I’d also love to get my hands on some of the older Smith & Wesson revolvers used by the FBI and Treasury Department for years.

Maybe in the future, a change to the law would let the CMP sell retired non-NFA federal LEO guns like it does military weapons.  (If I ever run for Congress, this will be part of my platform)

As for now, I’m going to keep my eye on this bill, it seems interesting.

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