The CMP can only sell surplus military firearms to U.S. citizens, over 18 years old, who are already legally eligible to purchase a firearm. To prove your eligibility, potential buyers must provide a copy of a U.S. birth certificate, passport, proof of naturalization, a military ID E5 or above, or any official government that shows proof of citizenship and age. Additionally, a purchaser must provide proof of membership in a CMP-affiliated organization.
From the story:
“Today, even though NRA membership isn’t required, CMP customers looking to buy an old military gun must belong to one of over 2,000
groups. Many of them are also NRA affiliates.”
“The NRA and CMP are, in some sense, two sides of the same coin. One is hyper-political, the other shuns anything with a whiff of lobbying. One is funded entirely by corporate and civilian gifts, the other largely by government handouts. But both share an underlying goal and have staged joint marksmanship events for over a century.”
“’We’ve always known the NRA is out there carrying that Second Amendment torch, and we benefit by that,” says CMP spokesman Steve Cooper. “We’ve been good—I won’t say partners, but we’ve been good sponsors and advocates of the shooting sports over the years.’”