Apparently Obama Instructs DOD in End-run Around Congress for Gun Control

Apparently Obama Instructs DOD in End-run Around Congress for Gun Control

Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)-DOD has been instructed to do an End-run around Congress in an attempt at Gun Control through elimination of the sale of DOD’s used brass for Ammunition.

Someone (read president obama) at DOD has changed the rules for selling used brass that is used in reloaded ammunition, making the sale of any brass having to be “Demilled” or made unusable for reloading.

Gordon Hutchinson of the Theshootist.net has covered this at length in his blog.

Now it has come clear…now we know what they intend to do.

It is an end-run around Congress. They don’t need to try to ban guns–they don’t need to fight a massive battle to attempt gun registration, or limit “assault” weapon sales.

Nope. All they have to do is limit the amount of ammunition available to the civilian market, and when bullets dry up, guns will be useless.

Think we jest?

Here are copies of two letters sent to Georgia Arms just Thursday evening–effectively cancelling a contract he had to purchase 30,000 pounds of expended military brass in .223, 7.62mm, and .50 caliber:

You can also hear a complete discussion at Guntalk Radio

ACTION  NEEDED: All gun owners should now be very concerned as this will make the price of ammunition sky rocket in the next few week. You need to write call or email your Congressmen or Senators today.

The NRA-ILA has an easy to use website at http://www.capwiz.com/nra/dbq/officials/ and here is a copy of a letter you can cut and paste or edit and send.

Sample Letter:
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Dear Congressman:

It has come to my attention that the Department of Defense has issued a directive that all expended military brass (fired cases) will now be shredded and sold for scrap material, rather than resold by Government Liquidators LLC to the civilian market for remanufacture.

You may not be aware of it, but there is a severe shortage of ammunition available for sale to the public across the country, causing problems for shooters, hunters, and reloaders everywhere.

Now, apparently the Obama administration, realizing they cannot move against private firearms ownership since the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Washington D.C./Heller case, has made their move in another way.

By cutting off the resale of expended military ammunition to remanufacturers, they have put a stranglehold on the nation’s ammunition supply.

Further, they have reduced the return to the government on expended brass by 80%. What was sold for remanufacturer at a fair return to the government, will now cost the taxpayers untold sums of money as the cost of scrap brass is far below the price per pound for expended military ammunition.

In addition, the use of remanufactured ammunition is a huge asset to law enforcement agencies across the country who buy millions of rounds of reloaded ammunition a year from these manufacturers for practice rounds.

With this market gone, law enforcement will no longer be able to purchase inexpensive reloaded ammunition, and with the continuing combat status of military forces across the Middle East, original manufacturers of new ammunition are turning out everything they can make to the government, thus exacerbating the shortage of new ammunition in both the civilian and law enforcement market.

Lastly, in these harsh economic times, does it not strike you as cold and calculating that the Obama administration has no compunction against ruining an industry that employs thousands of American citizens in the remanufacturing of sporting and military ammunition. One major resupplier, Georgia Arms, the fifth largest manufacturer of centerfire pistol and rifle ammunition has informed me he will have to quickly lay off half his 60-person workforce, as he has had to cancel contracts with dozens of police agencies who had contracted with him to supply them with remanufactured .223 ammunition.

Georgia Arms has been practically put out of business by this directive that all expended military brass must be shredded. His current contracts have been canceled, and he is notifying his customers across the country he can no longer supply their ammunition needs.

Please look into this immediately. This move by the Obama administration is nothing but a back-door strike against firearms ownership in this country–if shooters can’t buy ammunition, the guns are little better than steel clubs–and this is obviously the intent.

Thank you for your time and efforts in this serious attack against the Second Amendment rights of the American citizenry.

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usmcordie
usmcordie
10 years ago

Hi Folks, In doing some research on the subject, I wasn't surprised to still see the following in the most current Navy Ordnance regs…. (3) Transfer to QRP requirements. Fired and expended small arms cartridge cases, after being properly inspected, certified and verified, shall be crushed, shredded or otherwise destroyed prior to public sale through a QRP. The generating activity shall ensure that QRP personnel are appropriately trained to accept, store and sell firing range scrap consisting of expended small arms cartridge cases and mixed metals gleaned from range clearance. b. All fired/expended cartridge cases 20MM and larger are authorized… Read more »

AmmoLand
12 years ago

Some statistics from Gunfacts.info https://www.ammoland.com/2008/12/10/gun-facts-you… Myth: Guns are not a good deterrent to crime. Fact: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year, or 6,849 every day.65 Often the gun is never fired and no blood (including the criminal’s) is shed. Fact: It seems to be slowing down property crime (especially burglaries). The chart shows the legal handgun supply in America (mainly in civilian hands) to the property crime rate.66 Fact: Every day, 550 rapes, 1,100 murders, and 5,200 other violent crimes are prevented just by showing a gun. In less than 0.9% of these instances is the gun… Read more »

Dana
Dana
12 years ago

Amanda, can you please give me the statistics? I would like to know how many Americans have guns, & how many of those guns, that are legally owned & obtained are used in wrong times.

Amanda
Amanda
12 years ago

I agree with this. Limit the ammunition that is sold to public, because most of the time people would used it in wrong times

AmmoLand
12 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

Amanda;

Fortunately for us the majority of the people in the USA do not think like you do and understand that without the right to keep and bear arms, and that includes the ammunition for those arms, you would not have any of the other constitutional rights.

That is why this decision was so quickly over turned by the DOD, because they had to bow down under the overwhelming outcry of the gun owners in America.