10 U.S. Code § 7542 - Excess clothing: sale for distribution to needy

§ 7542.
Excess clothing: sale for distribution to needy
Subject to regulations under section 121 of title 40, the Secretary of the Navy, under regulations prescribed by him, may sell, at nominal prices, to recognized charitable organizations, to States and subdivisions thereof, and to municipalities nonregulation and excess clothing that may be available for distribution to the needy. The clothing may be sold only if the purchaser agrees not to resell it but to give it to the needy.
A fair proportionate allotment of clothing to be sold under this section shall be set aside for distribution in each State and the District of Columbia. An allotment so set aside may not be sold for other distribution until at least 30 days after the allotment was made.

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34 U.S.C. 546d.

Dec. 23, 1932, ch. 8, 47 Stat. 751; Oct. 31, 1951, ch. 654, § 2(22), 65 Stat. 707.

In subsection (a) the words “absolutely free” are omitted as surplusage.

In subsection (b) the words “for other distribution” are substituted for the words “distribution within any other State”. The words “at least” are added for clarity.


2002—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107–217 substituted “section 121 of title 40” for “section 205 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 486)”.

1980—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–513 substituted “section 205 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 486)” for “section 486 of title 40”.

Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–513 effective Dec. 12, 1980, see section 701(b)(3) of Pub. L. 96–513, set out as a note under section 101 of this title.

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