Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Military Surplus Cartridge Case Issue Resolved

Friday, March 20, 2009

This week, the Department of Defense (DoD) informed NRA-ILA that fired military small arms cartridge cases are once again eligible for sale, following a temporary suspension in such sales instituted last week.  NRA-ILA began discussions with DoD shortly after the suspension took effect, and we were assured from the beginning that efforts were underway to resolve the issue favorably. 

DoD additionally confirmed the lifting of the suspension to pro-Second Amendment United States Senators Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who sent the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) a joint letter vigorously opposing the suspension, on the grounds that it had "an impact on small businesses who sell reloaded ammunition utilizing these fired casings, and upon individual gun owners who purchase spent military brass at considerable cost savings for their personal use." 

Everyone who would have been impacted by the suspension, had it become permanent, owes thanks to Senator Baucus for his leadership on this issue, as well as to Senator Tester and U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), who also weighed in strongly on behalf of gun owners and the suppliers from whom they obtain ammunition reloaded with surplus military brass. 

In announcing that the suspension has been lifted, DoD also made clear that no cartridge cases that, in the absence of the suspension, would have been sold for reloading purposes were destroyed while the suspension was in effect. Such cases were instead protected by DoD during the suspension, and are again eligible for sale.  With ammunition currently in short supply, that was welcome news, to be sure. 

DLA also put to rest various theories and rumors that were circulated on the Internet concerning the reason for the suspension.  As DLA explained to Senators Baucus and Tester, and to NRA-ILA, DoD officials responsible for the demilitarization of military property temporarily halted the release of the cartridge cases last week, pending review of a policy change issued last year by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which, in the interest of national security, halted the sale of items within a broad category of government property including, but not limited to, surplus small arms cartridge cases. 

To make cartridge cases eligible for sale once again, DoD demilitarization officials verified that the cases could be appropriately placed in a category of government property allowing for their release for use within the United States, and then executed the re-categorization.  Whereas during the brief suspension, fired cartridge cases would have been releasable only if the purchaser crushed or smelted them, now the cases may be sold as before, intact and re-loadable. 

DoD also assured NRA-ILA that companies previously authorized to purchase cartridge cases under Trade Security Controls need no further vetting at this time, and are eligible to resume purchasing cases under the policy adopted this week. 

In sum, a problem that could have had serious repercussions for the remanufactured ammunition industry and the countless gun owners who support it, appears to have been resolved quickly. 

For more information: 

http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/DLA.MilitaryBrass.pdf 

http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/Baucus_shellcasingsresponse.pdf 

http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/Testershellcasingsres.pdf

TRENDING NOW
ATF Targets Pistol Stabilizing Braces in New Rulemaking

News  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

ATF Targets Pistol Stabilizing Braces in New Rulemaking

On June 7th, ATF published a new notice of proposed rulemaking on its website...

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

News  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

DOJ has made clear that Garland’s selective definition of “civil rights” has no room for the Second Amendment...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Nevada: Gov. Sisolak Signs Gun Ban Bill

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Nevada: Gov. Sisolak Signs Gun Ban Bill

Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 286 into law. AB 286 essentially bans home-building firearms for personal use by prohibiting private individuals from possessing certain unregulated components commonly used by hobbyists to make their own firearms.

Worse Gun Control than the European Union? Biden’s ATF Nominee Supports Extreme Rifle Ban!

News  

Monday, June 7, 2021

Worse Gun Control than the European Union? Biden’s ATF Nominee Supports Extreme Rifle Ban!

David Chipman, supports a ban on commonly-owned semiautomatic firearms like the AR-15...

North Carolina: General Assembly Sends Worshipper Protection Bill to Governor

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

North Carolina: General Assembly Sends Worshipper Protection Bill to Governor

Yesterday, the Senate voted 30-19 to concur with the House on Senate Bill 43, to expand the ability of citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones while attending religious worship. It will now go to Governor Roy ...

Louisiana: Your Action Needed – Contact Your Rep. and Governor Edwards in Support of Constitutional Carry

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Louisiana: Your Action Needed – Contact Your Rep. and Governor Edwards in Support of Constitutional Carry

Currently sitting on the desk of Governor John Bel Edwards, is Louisiana’s Constitutional Carry Legislation, Senate Bill 118. 

Texas: Attorney General Paxton Opposes Latest DoJ/ATF Attack

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Texas: Attorney General Paxton Opposes Latest DoJ/ATF Attack

Yesterday, Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) opposing the recently proposed rule: Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Comments on ATF’s New “Frame or Receiver” Rule Now Open

News  

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Comments on ATF’s New “Frame or Receiver” Rule Now Open

That publication triggered the opening of the proposed rule to public comments. The comment period will remain open until August 19, 2021.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.