Originally Posted by Jim K
A word on WWII "bringbacks." Only captured [B
enemy[/B] weapons could be brought back legally. Bringing back a US weapon (M1 carbine or M1911A1 pistol) was illegal and was theft from the government, pure and simple (yes, I know all about how your grandfather brought back 25,000 M1 rifles in his duffle bag, but he was violating the law). It was also illegal to bring back Allied weapons, but that rule was pretty much ignored in the case of Allied weapons captured from the enemy.
Probably true what you say but back after WWI bring backs were common and not viewed as illegal, fast forward to today I took my Grandfathers M1911A1 pistol WWI bring back which was never registered ever anywhere and I turned it into the State of N.Y. in 2008 and it was returned to me as a registered legal firearm the state did not care that it was a USGI weapon , I even told them where it came from