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10 U.S. Code § 7655 - Arms and ammunition: agencies and departments of the United States

Whenever required for the protection of public money and property, the Secretary of the Army may lend arms and their accouterments, and issue ammunition, to a department or independent agency of the United States, upon request of its head. Property lent or issued under this subsection may be delivered to an officer of the department or agency designated by the head thereof, and that officer shall account for the property to the Secretary of the Army. Property lent or issued under this subsection and not properly expended shall be returned when it is no longer needed.
(b) The department or agency to which property is lent or issued under subsection (a) shall transfer funds to the credit of the Department of the Army to cover the costs of—
ammunition issued;
replacing arms and accouterments that have been lost or destroyed, or cannot be repaired;
repairing arms and accouterments returned to the Department of the Army; and
making and receiving shipments by the Department of the Army.
(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 261, § 4655; renumbered § 7655, Pub. L. 115–232, div. A, title VIII, § 808(d), Aug. 13, 2018, 132 Stat. 1839.)

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)



50:61 (less proviso).

50:61 (proviso).

Mar. 3, 1879, ch. 183 (2d par. under “Miscellaneous”); restated Apr. 14, 1937, ch. 79, 50 Stat. 63.

In subsection (a), the word “lend” is substituted for the word “issue”, with respect to arms and accouterments, since the property must be returned when the necessity for its use has expired. The words “and not properly expended” are inserted for clarity. The words “United States” are substituted for the word “Government”. The word “their” is substituted for the words “suitable * * * for use therewith”. The words “it is no longer needed” are substituted for the words “the necessity for their use has expired”.

In subsection (b), the words “hereafter”, “borrowed”, and “under the authority of this section” are omitted as surplusage.

Editorial Notes
Prior Provisions

A prior section 7655 was renumbered section 8855 of this title.


2018—Pub. L. 115–232 renumbered section 4655 of this title as this section.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2018 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 115–232 effective Feb. 1, 2019, with provision for the coordination of amendments and special rule for certain redesignations, see section 800 of Pub. L. 115–232, set out as a note preceding section 3001 of this title.