Report finds CMP gets a lot of bang out of surplus guns
By Chris Eger
The Civilian Marksmanship Program, going back to its past incarnation as the Army-run DCM, dates to 1903 and has been a facet of the shooting sports in America since the days of President Teddy Roosevelt. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
A newly released report by federal watchdogs delved into the finances and performance of the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The 44-page Government Accountability Office report to Congress found that the government-chartered corporation, which formed in 1996 to promote marksmanship and firearms training, provides several services to the nation and has enough surplus guns on hand to fund their operations for several more years.
A descendant of President Theodore Roosevelt’s National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, which dates to 1903, the CMP’s mission was carved off from the Army under the Clinton administration and established as a tax-exempt non-profit. Rather than receiving grant funds from the government — like similar groups such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, the Civil Air Patrol, and Big Brother Big Sisters of America do — CMP only gets firearms and accessories surplus to the military’s needs. Those guns that can be made working are sold to qualified buyers engaged in the shooting sports and the funds rolled back