40 U.S. Code § 1310 - Sale of war supplies, land, and buildings

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(a) In General.— The President, through the head of any executive department and on terms the head of the department considers expedient, may sell to a person, another department of the Federal Government, or the government of a foreign country engaged in war against a country with which the United States is at war—
(1) war supplies, material, and equipment;
(2) by-products of the war supplies, material, and equipment; and
(3) any building, plant, or factory, including the land on which the plant or factory may be situated, acquired since April 6, 1917, for the production of war supplies, materials, and equipment that, during the emergency existing on July 9, 1918, may have been purchased, acquired, or manufactured by the Government.
(b) Limitation on Sale of Guns and Ammunition.— Sales of guns and ammunition authorized under any law shall be limited to—
(1) other departments of the Government;
(2) governments of foreign countries engaged in war against a country with which the United States is at war; and
(3) members of the National Rifle Association and of other recognized associations organized in the United States for the encouragement of small-arms target practice.


(Pub. L. 107–217, Aug. 21, 2002, 116 Stat. 1137.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised Section Source (U.S. Code) Source (Statutes at Large)
1310 40:314. July 9, 1918, ch. 143 (last par. on p. 850), 40 Stat. 850; Feb. 25, 1919, ch. 39, § 3, 40 Stat. 1173; May 29, 1928, ch. 901, § 1(8), 45 Stat. 986; Aug. 7, 1946, ch. 770, (55), 60 Stat. 870.

In this section, the words “government of a foreign country” are substituted for “foreign State or Government”, and the words “against a country” are substituted for “against any Government”, for consistency in the revised title and with other titles of the United States Code.
In subsection (a), before clause (1), the words “partnership, association” are omitted because of the definition of person in 1:1.
In subsection (b), before clause (1), the words “in this section or . . . other” are omitted as unnecessary.


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