ATF Reclassifies Wetted Nitrocellulose as Explosive Materials Under Federal Laws

Wetted Nitrocellulose Reclassified by ATF

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ATF Reclassifies Wetted Nitrocellulose as Explosive Materials Under Federal Explosive Laws
Reeves & Dola, LLP
Reeves & Dola, LLP

Washington, DC -( In an Explosives Industry Newsletter issued in June 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) reclassified wetted nitrocellulose [also known as flash paper, flash cotton, guncotton, and flash string] containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen as a high explosive under the federal explosives laws.

As explained below, this is a dramatic and sudden change in agency policy with a significant impact on the ammunition industry. The new policy was announced in a newsletter without any opportunity for industry input.

I. Background

The federal explosives laws, 18 U.S.C. Chapter 40, regulate commerce in “explosive materials.” The term “explosive materials” is defined as explosives, blasting agents, and detonators. The term “explosives” is defined as any chemical compound mixture or device the primary or common purpose of which is to function by explosion. The definition requires ATF to publish an annual list of explosives that fit within the statutory definition. The 2015 List of Explosives is available at

Exemptions from the requirements of the federal explosives laws are provided, in pertinent part, for: (1) the transportation, shipment, receipt, or importation of explosive materials for delivery to any federal or State agency; (2) for small arms ammunition and components thereof; and (3) for the manufacture under the regulation of the U.S. military of explosive materials for their official use.

The term “ammunition” is defined in 27 C.F.R. § 555.11 as follows:

“Small arms ammunition or cartridge cases, primers, bullets, or smokeless propellants designed for use in small arms, including percussion caps, and 3/32 inch and other external burning pyrotechnic hobby fuses. The term does not include black powder.”

ATF’s longstanding position is that the small arms ammunition exemption applies only to .50 caliber or smaller rifle or handgun ammunition as well as certain shotgun ammunition. This position is clear in a June 2013 Explosive Industry Newsletter addressing exploding ammunition.

ATF Exploding Ammunition Wetted Nitrocellulose Requirements Newsletter
ATF Exploding Ammunition Wetted Nitrocellulose Requirements Newsletter

ATF also exempts other components of small arms ammunition from the requirements of the law and regulations, but only if such components are listed in the definition of “ammunition” in 27 C.F.R. § 555.11. This means that smokeless powder and primers are exempt from record keeping and storage requirements. However, other explosive materials used to manufacture ammunition will not be exempt until incorporated into one of the components of ammunition listed in the regulation, including smokeless powder or a complete round of small arms ammunition. Thus, wetted nitrocellulose containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen may be lawfully shipped, transported, or received only by persons holding federal explosives licenses or permits. Nitrocellulose must be recorded in records of acquisition in accordance with 27 C.F.R. § 555.123(b). The wetted nitrocellulose must also be recorded in the daily summary of magazine transactions required by 27 C.F.R. 555.127 and stored in storage magazines meeting the construction, tables of distance, and other requirements of storage regulations in 27 C.F.R. Part 555. At the point the nitrocellulose is incorporated into smokeless powder or a complete round of ammunition, it is exempt from the requirements of the record keeping, storage, and other requirements of federal law and regulations.

II. ATF Newsletter Article

The June 2016 newsletter article [see image above] states that ATF was recently asked about the status of nitrocellulose under the federal explosives laws and regulations. The article notes that “Nitrocellulose explosive” is on ATF’s List of Explosive Materials and states ATF has determined that “nitrocellulose containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen is a high explosive under 27 C.F.R. Part 555.” The article indicates ATF is aware that the U.S. Department of Transportation may assign a nonexplosive classification to nitrocellulose when it has been wetted with water or alcohol, based, in part, on the diminished likelihood of explosion in a transportation accident. However, because nitrocellulose retains its explosive characteristics when the water or alcohol is removed, the wetted nitrocellulose remains a nitrocellulose explosive subject to all controls of the federal explosives laws. Because of the diminished likelihood of wetted nitrocellulose exploding, “ATF will consider variance requests to store the wetted material under an alternative arrangement.”

III. Impact of ATF Reclassification of Wetted Nitrocellulose

Manufacturers and importers of smokeless propellant have relied on ATF private letter rulings issued prior to 2016 stating that nitrocellulose wetted with water not less than 25 percent by mass is not subject to regulation under the federal explosives laws. Accordingly, the manufacturers have set up their logistics, storage and operations consistent with nitrocellulose not being regulated as an explosive. Manufacturers and importers may not have adequate storage facilities or record keeping systems to comply with the law. Licensed manufacturers also rely on private, unlicensed vendors to store wetted nitrocellulose in facilities that do not comply with storage requirements. A number of manufacturers also report an adverse impact on their contracts to supply smokeless propellant and finished rounds of ammunition to the Department of Defense.

Publication of the change in classification in an industry newsletter without advance notice has left manufacturers scrambling to determine what standards ATF will allow for alternate storage and record keeping and to obtain permits for unlicensed storage vendors. In the meantime, manufacturers and importers are violating federal law, as ATF allowed no grace period for coming into compliance. We note that ATF has authorized such periods in the past when changing agency positions. For example, see ATF’s November 12, 2010 Open Letter regarding explosive pest control devices.

IV. Conclusion

ATF’s sudden and unexpected change in policy on wetted nitrocellulose will likely have a significant impact on industry’s ability to deliver products to the military and commercial markets. Industry members have relied on the exemption for wetted nitrocellulose for many years and are aware of no accidental detonations or diversion of this product into illicit channels. Consequently, it is unclear why ATF believed it necessary to change its policy and, more importantly, why ATF announced the change in a newsletter article with no advance notice to industry.

We are working with ATF to address the issues raised in this alert, including a possible agency announcement of delayed enforcement. We will notify our readers of any developments in the future.

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Update August 31st 2016 from ATF (h/t Jeff Knox)


National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation commented :

“We welcome ATF’s announcement today and look forward to engaging ATF in a constructive dialogue on behalf of our industry. We appreciate ATF’s goal is to protect public safety and look forward to resolving any confusion or misunderstanding that may have arisen and explaining how longstanding ATF-approved industry practices have achieved that goal.”

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That the congress has failed to check rein the BATFE re it’s firearms enforcement activity is the most serious indictment for non feasence and or non feasence on the part of the congress that yours truly can think of.


Typo, it should read non feasence and or mal feasence.


The fact that the BATFE, aka the ATF, continues it’s extra legal, high handed antics speaks most poorly for The Congress (House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate), bodies that have, re the operations/antics of government agencies, oversight responsibility, some thing that they appear to have forgotten or lost track of.

Raymond Miller

It most likely is the fact that they want what the Demon-Craps want and are just pretending to oppose gun control.
Let the Dems. take the heat while they sit by, They don’t represent the people anymore, only their cushy jobs and all of the perks oh and don’t forget their Obama-care, it’s better than ours and it’s for ever.

Dale shaver

Dispicable! Unconstitutional laws are illegal and therefore are not required to follow. Stand up America this is a direct attack on our second amendment. Any atf agent who follows these “rulings” is a traitor to our freedoms

Dana Webb

We have a government that is high in sky lore and deals with things beneath the heavens and knows no limit to debt when debt becomes an asset.

Dana Webb

So after ALL THIS SOFISTRY we the little people can go to live normal lives.


Nick, I don’t know about you as I have never met you. I was in the Army for six years, seven months and twenty-six days. i also spent time in the Michigan national guard. I shot expert with the M14 AND the M16. I am proficient with the 45, the 38 AND the 9MM hand guns. Untrained? I think not!


I’m a veteran. I don’t tell people this, but one of the spec ops weapons trainers said that he had never seen anyone shoot like me. That was decades ago. I thought my sons to shoot. When my youngest qualified with pistol and rifle he shot perfect scores, and was challenged to a shoot-off by the sniper giving the test. However, my ability to shoot, or his is not what I’m talking about. Are you going it alone? Is there “A well regulated militia” that you will muster with? Is there a group of skilled guerilla fighters that you will… Read more »


nick, I have not forgotten any of my training in combat and how to work in coordination with my fellow troops, if need be. I served 18 months in Vietnam and have forgotten nothing of how to infiltrate, avoid detection, target identification, map reading, and other skills. As I said, I shot expert with two long range weapons and am quite adapt with several close contact handguns as well. I love my country and would sacrifice my life for her if needed, just not the damn politicians, thank you! As my father taught me as a young boy, I never… Read more »


@soldierboys, Either you did not read what I said, or you completely misunderstood it. Are you going at it alone with absolutely no support? Do you have some form of structure, and those you can depend upon, or will come to your aid? You have skills, as do many Americans. Why is it that you lack the skill to stand up for the rule of law, and take back your nation as it was designed to be? This is the nature of America today. A twisted, disturbed relationship between slaves and masters. We’ll do anything and everything we possibly can… Read more »

duane Petersen

This is easy to understand as the morons in the voting electorate voted twice for a man that was indoctrinated in Islamism and communism from the time he could talk until present and especially through college. His mentor through the time in Hawaii was the leading communist in the US at that time Frank David Marshal who was the publisher of the communist newspaper out of Chicago and then went to Columbia University and was taught by the radical Francis Fox Pivan and her shakeup Clowerd and then spent 20 years in indoctrinator Wright’s “church” (The quotes are because the… Read more »

Virginia Nemetz

I am in Arizona and just got my medical Marijuana license. A few days ago I found out I can no longer qualify to buy a gun. No one ever mentioned this while I was applying. I am stunned and totally pissed off. So this is another step in disarming us. I have physical health problems not mental problems. Conserved citizen.


Since marijuana is still considered illegal by the federal government that was a no brainier. Only certain states have legalized it. And so far nothing from the government officially stating it has medical benefits. But there are numerous other pharmaceuticals out now that can prevent you from owning a weapon. So don’t feel to bad about it. Build your own just make sure there is none in your system if need arise to use it.


Fellow Americans ,NRA Members, gun enthusiast, Constitutional purist ect: Do what I do on this and all like issues: Draft on your computer: A reasonable, factual, considerate, but blunt letter to the head of what ever dept. concerned (ATF) and a Bcc forward to the e-addresses (OF THE APPROPRIATE WATCH DOG GROUP(S) and of your Congressmen,Senators State and Fed whether or not they support your wishes or beliefs on WHAT EVER TOPIC after all its not what they want, they work for us or they are gone ! “WE THE PEOPLE IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION –… Read more »


Okay this is just crazy. Where are they going to store all the commercial aircraft with explosives bolts in emergency doors? So the intire flight line civilians and military would be classified as hot spots. Next is where is all the bunkers for everyone’s cars equipped with air bags? And if you are driving one with airbags isn’t that considered transporting explosives then? Yep smell like and walks like Obumer administration all over it because as usual the air heads did not think. I want the ATF to come to my house and start that construction bunker in my driveway… Read more »

Jim B

When will Congress do something about the (OBAMA) making laws, that he has no right to make! This needs to be knocked down ASAP along with any other things that (OBAMA) has made or modified! Do it NOW!

Wild Bill

, Oblabla is not really making laws, he is giving orders to the Executive Branch, the personnel of which will follow those orders, so that they continue to get high wages and pensions. So he gets his way and gets the population programed that things should be a certain way.


I have made a couple of comments here, read some,not all of the posts, and come back to the following. While commenting,venting here,however one might describe it has at least some value, getting on to your elected reps., that is congress persons and U.S.Senators might have greater value and impact. Have commentators here been on to their “elected things”? If not, why?

Joe Tittiger

Getting a hold of your “representatives” is very much like a chattel slave of the 1860’s begging his masters for some permission.

Tom Soriano

I have always been a law abiding citizen, especially with regards to gun ownership but, there comes a time when we have got to take a stand against tyranny and injustice. This is one of those times! This corrupt and incompetent government is acting outside the law to oppress the public and leave US defenseless against our enemies and government tyranny. A person has to be very naive to think that this law will have any effect on the Mexican Drug Cartels, Street Gangs, ISIS or, Hardcore Criminals!


are they realy this stupid , ever hear of re-loads , personaly if it get to that point , i get 50 of my neighbors together and go hit up the nearist police stations and take what we need including m16’s and then i will start looking for my veitnam vets like me to go to the nearest post and hit up there armory and get the good shit , i still know how to drive a tank, the freak in the white house has no idea who he is messing with , he can fill the country with all… Read more »


Typical beauracrap bullshit. Another case of the fools of tierany coming up with a solution that won’t work for a problem that doesn’t exist to push another agenda on Americans. Wake up folks. These people are NOT dems, they are communist mascarading as Dems.

L.L. Smith

The answer is so very simple. I have just declared my home state to be a Sanctuary State. We can commit all the crimes we desire to commit and the feds won’t bother us. We might even get some federal money.


Obumma & his sleezy crew a at it again, I think it’s time the American people start standing up to these people . They want to take away all of our rights.BE GLAD WHEN HIM & HIS CRONIES AR OUT OF OFFICE. WORST PRESIDENT EVER!!!!!


The ATF said they reveres their decision Friday after thousand contacted their Congressmen and the ATF…They Raised HELL..!!! If this does stand, anyone with a brain knows the only outcome will be Civil War, and Congress knows this! This could be the false flag by BO to cancel the election, because we all know that Hitlary for Prisonn will most likely drop dead before November! She looks like the Walking Dead NOW! God help us, PLEASE!


This will assist Pinnochiobama’s terrorist towel head brothers I their jihad more then his suicidal rules of engagement. soros at work>>>>>>>


We need to fight this with everything we can


There is a little known issue here. States rights and the 2A trump all. So therefore, I say, ‘Obama, F.O.’ come down my street and MOLON LABE!


Actually, from what I have read, the public pressure caused the BATF to back off and cancel this plan. It seems to me that we have dodged this bullet. Our worries from here should be to keep the Marxist criminal out of the White House.

Wild Bill

I agree CaptT, Trump offers us the one opportunity in our lifetimes to clean out corrupt politicians, and then legislate new and strong controls over our federal government.


If we had honest “we the people” politicians who represented us in Washington then they would have been cutting the budgets for many of these agencies who are hurting this country and belong to the big brother DemonKKKRatic Mafia party. They have crippled our military because of budget cuts but not the agencies destroying this once great country.
God Bless the USA!

Spud Mack

How will this stop Blacks from killing one another in South Chicago and Baltimore?


Might the anti gun Obama have overplayed his hand on this one, I wonder.

Wild Bill

, In your comments made, today, at 1:07 pm, you stated, “The 2nd amendment community wants nothing to do with their obligation to keep a free and prosperous nation.” What obligation? What is it that you think we should be doing?


@Wild Bill, You know its kind of hard to find the comments in here. You would think the e-mail link would go right there. “What obligation?” The Constitution recognizes just one authority “to execute the Laws of the Union”, and that is “the Militia”. That placed the power of the ‘Sword’ in the hands of the People. A monopoly of power, so to speak. What we should be doing is revitalizing that authority so that we can regain our sovereignty. I don’t know if you were able to find my lengthy comment starting with “Tough question”, but I refer in… Read more »

Wild Bill

Nick, you are not saying what you believe that obligation is. Further, where in the Constitution does it say that there is one authority to execute the laws of the union?. I am not finding, nor have I ever heard what you are, now, writing about.


@Wild Bill, I thought I did, but I will state it again. This is a nation based on popular sovereignty. We’ve lost it, and certainly don’t understand it today. In order to maintain that sovereignty the Founders recognized that the People must have a MONOPOLY of power. To that they recognized the already existing Militia, and incorporated it as the only recognized authority “to execute the Laws of the Union” at Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15. Under the ages old doctrine of law “inclusion unius est exclusio alterius”, the government is barred from creating any other so-called authority. I… Read more »

Wild Bill

Nick, I think that you are referring to Article 1, section 8, clause 15. describing Congress’ authority to provide for the calling fourth of the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, etc., etc. You have missed, however, Article 1, section 8, clause 18, which describes Congress’ power to provide for the general welfare (e.g. create a federal agency) and to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution … and all other powers vested …in …any Department or Offiicer there of (e.g. give the U.S. Marshal Service guns and arrest powers).


@Wild Bill, I specifically mentioned Article 1. However, I did not miss anything as was the case for Patrick Henry who argued that General Welfare should not be there, to which James Madison assured that it meant nothing because they were limited to the delegated authorities that are specifically enumerated. One of those delegated authorities was “to provide for organizing” not unorganizing, disarming the militia, or allowing it to become moribund. What you should be referring to is the writings of the Anti-Federalists (anti-constitution) who argued that the way the Constitution was written it did not control the government enough,… Read more »


Readers who take exception to ATF Antics should immediately contact their elected representatives. DO it RDN, Right Damned Now, not later or tomorrow.


The ATF, as is the case with other government agencies, “carries water for the president”. If we ever had a pro gun or pro gun rights or a pro constitutional rights president, we would not see the sort of crap from the ATF that we see. Others are free to argue differently, however they should be prepared to support their claims. History supports my position, sad to note.

Wild Bill

, When you write, “The 2nd amendment community wants nothing to do with their obligation to keep a free and prosperous nation.” what do you mean by that specifically?


This is non-sensical. There is not such thing as a community, only individuals exist.


When you write such a comment, how much of the law have you studied in this area? Have you read anything at all about this topic from originating the Militia in the early 1600’s, and all the statutes surrounding the law in this area? Statutes that are still on the books, but are ignored. Tell me about all the years that you’ve studied this topic in detail. Tell me why Alan Gura couldn’t answer the questions of Justice Stevens in Heller. Tell me how successful that case has been in the face of all the regulations that have been imposed… Read more »

Wild Bill

, I am not sure if you are addressing me or InalienableWrights. As for me, I was wondering what obligation you had in mind? And what makes you say that the Second Amendment Community wants nothing to do with it? I guess that I am as conversant with the early Congress’ Militia Acts, the deficiencies in those acts, and how the Dick Act, and its amendments sought to remedy those deficiencies as any other law school grad.


@Wild Bill, I was not addressing you. However, as a law school grad you should know that congresses delegated authority was to make the training, and obligations uniform throughout the states. The Militia had already been in place since the 1600’s in most states. Only PA did not have a militia because of religious reasons, however, Franklin did convince the state legislature to authorize it sometime around 1750 if memory serves. I was addressing you in in the comment that starts “Tough question”. I’ve been at this for a long time. I have numerous friends who are lawyers and judges,… Read more »


Tough question. Regardless of what you believe, or what you’ve been mislead to believe, the 2nd amendment is clear; “A well organized militia, being necessary to the security of a free State”. The 2nd amendment is only a small part of the RKBA rubric that the Founders recognized. There are a myriad of state statutes defining Militia. It is the whole of the People armed, and ready to go at a moments notice. The Constitution only recognized what the Founders deemed as necessary to secure our rights, and maintain a free nation. Without going into all the details, I’ve attempted… Read more »


An illegitimate agency trying another back door gun grab.
These people need to be hung for treason IMHO….


Illegitimate is correct. Treason doesn’t yet fit by constitutional definition. However, if the so-called pro-2nd community would abide by the “LAW”, that is what is written in the Constitution, then none of this would be taking place. “The Militia of the Several States” was to keep this a free nation. The 2nd amendment community wants nothing to do with their obligation to keep a free and prosperous nation. It’s not an opinion, but rather what I’ve found in over 20 years of explaining this law. The congress realized what was happening, so in 1902 they passed the Dick Act granting… Read more »


It sure is treason by Websters’ definition….

I am familiar with the militia. I am formally a member of a state sanctioned Militia.
The big problem is the dumb as dog shit people that are in the command structure. Most of them
would not know the Constitution if it hit them in the face.


@InalienableWrights, I take it then that you were part of the NY Naval Militia, and drilled once a month? I’m not sure if it still exists. I know of no other constitutional militia remaining. This is a tough subject to bring to forward because most of the leaders of the so-called pro-2nd community are either ignorant of the topic, do not want to jeopardize their positions, or have fallen prey to the propaganda laid out by groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who uses the word racist for anything and everything. I did write a comment that starts… Read more »

denis byrne

Militia means able bodied persons able to bear arms and defend freedom.,..English colonialists were not exactly very altruistic.. Freedom under colonialism was under their terms..US won the war of independence and the war of 1812…Most americans believe the Englanders are our friends…I remain very skeptical on that issue…they are friends only when it suits their underhanded purposes..


Well more gov’t b.s. and Barry Hussein NoBoma at it. When are we, the people going to take back OUR country and put a complete end to all of the ridiculous gov’t crap!!! I am so so sick and tired of this gov’t and all of their nonsense. Those rat dogs like Barry Hussein hate this country and want to ruin it, it is so obvious people. He is a no good radical, muslim idiot himself and he is mad that he lives with a damn tranny to go along with it! If any of you vote for Crooked Hillary,… Read more »


READ THE ARTICLE. ATF’s longstanding position is that the small arms ammunition EXEMPTION applies only to .50 caliber or smaller rifle or handgun ammunition as well as certain shotgun ammunition. This position is clear in a June 2013 Explosive Industry Newsletter addressing exploding ammunition. Explosives Industry Newsletter issued in June 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) reclassified wetted nitrocellulose [also known as flash paper, flash cotton, guncotton, and flash string] containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen as a high explosive under the federal explosives laws. I stand by what I said. All these individuals ranting and… Read more »


“containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen as a high explosive under the federal explosives laws.”

I don’t believe it is nitrogen they are regulating because nitrogen is an inert gas. It also makes up about 80% of our atmosphere. If they are the earth is in violation of this ruling.


This administration is always screwing with gun rights. If they can’t ban it, they increase the price, the tax, or the degree of difficulty in obtaining guns and ammo. I just don’t trust them, and don’t see the need to change a regulation that has been just fine for years.

Dana Webb

That means all the sodium azide inflating charges for inflating airbags and can be used for denominators are illegal.


I think all these haters, hoarders and Obama haters should go back and actually READ the article. Now the President is over throwing the government. As I read this I thought I was visiting a Mental institution full of paranoid schizophrenics. READ the article. Stop playing on some wackos comments and working yourselves into a rage. Get a grip. This is not a LAW, it’s a regulation for the safe handling of an explosive. the “DEMS” had nothing to do with this. The “Repos” have total control of any laws being passed. They screwed us, the people, every which way… Read more »


“Gun that uses Gasoline?” do share link my friend that interests me…..i know about the Lewis and clark Air rifle it could fire 20 rounds on a tank….neat weapon…….


Just keep one thing in mind. Until an agency “officially” stretches their jurisdiction beyond reasonable bounds then the attorneys have nothing to fight. Just because they say it doesn’t make it right or law. We have to wait until it becomes a law, THEN the attorneys have something to work on. The Obamas and Clinton and Sanders of this world will always try to take power away from the people. They believe we do not have the intellect to stand on our own two feet much less understand how to insure our own safety. As a hand-loader I can tell… Read more »


“attorneys” people that have the legitimate state monopoly to defend us in court are just as illegitimate as the judges.


NITROGEN is inert. It makes up 80% of the AIR WE BREATH!
Now, organic nitrates, what is used in fertilizer, can be used in an explosive compound.
Also, Rayber, the “Repos” or anyone in Congress CAN’T pass a law WITHOUT the signature of the PRESIDENT.


Nitrogen is NOT inert, though it is very stable in molecular form. If it were inert it wouldn’t have a molecular form.

Karen Gerard

Nitrocellulose is a base compound used in manufaturing of Smokless Propellant, alone, fibrous nitrocellulose is perhaps the most energetic explosive and mthe most sensitive. This is why it can only be shipped and handled “wet” as in 25% water wet. It is a superb explosive, with exponentially higher surface area than any other explosive. When solvated and turned into a putty, it is combined with numberous other compounds, and formed into spherical propellant. In this form, the surgace area is exponentially smaller than fibrous nitrocellulose. With such surface area and combined with other chimicals and compounds, it no longer exhibits… Read more »


First of all the differentiation between “high explosive” and “low explosive” is that high explosive detonates… i.e. the shock wave created by the reaction of the molecules initiates the reaction the other molecules it passes through, detonation happens VERY rapidly. Low explosives ignite adjacent material, and thus the rapidity of the process is limited by how fast the heat can travel through the explosive… that’s why low explosives need to be powders, granules, or other such forms to allow the hot gasses to flow between the pieces for more rapid burn rate. I am fairly certain that nitro-cellulose is a… Read more »


Excellent point. All powders have a burn rate, and the results from a detonation would be highly detrimental to barrel life as well as accuracy.

Reality Checker

Nitrocellulose with a high nitrogen content is a high explosive material and will detonate in a fashion similar to other high explosives such as nitroglycerin or PETN. When the nitrogen content of nitrocellulose is lower then it will simply deflagurate like black powder or flash powder.


May 16, 2016 How the President could overthrow the U.S.

As of 2007 the President has the ability to replace the US government if they feel an emergency constitutes such actions.


Crazy. Wasn’t aware that the executive branch, or an agency could just make laws. So in thay spirit. I’m going to make my own law of ignoring them.

The day is coming folks. Coming fast.

Roger V. Tranfaglia

Did you HEAR that Mass.?
If M. Healy can make up her own laws, HELL…SO CAN YOU!!!

Jeff Knox

ATF has backed off of this.
They say they are going to reevaluate and work with industry. In the meantime, the old rules continue as they were.
Jeff Knox


The ATF is not going to “re-evaluate and work with the industry.” They are perhaps going to be forced to only if they get pushed into court because of pro-2A activists. For now it seems, the ATF is being pushed on one side to try to limit people’s access to ammunition at the order of the Obama administration, and on the other is trying to avoid getting sued by pro-2A organizations. This is clearly evidence of the Obama administration directing the ATF to restrict people’s access to ammunition across the nation. If they were to press for enforcement of this,… Read more »


One should say, “for the moment”,perhaps due to “encouragement” by public comment, of which there is likely not enough. How many gun owners/shooters do you think have been in touch with their elected reps, Members of The House and U.S. Senators on this. Speaking personally, I suspect not enough, hat being my take.


I think that what the ATF is getting at is that wetting nitrocellulose so as to mitigate accidental explosion or ignition during storage and transport does not in and of itself make it a non high explosive. As I read it, they area reaffirming that “nitrocellulose containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen is a high explosive under 27 CFR, Part 555 (nitrocellulose containing 12.6 percent or less nitrogen is generally not an explosive material under Part 555). Therefore, it must be stored in a type 1 or type 2 magazine.


I do not see anything on Reeves & Dola llp’s website under articles or alerts about this, am I just overlooking it?


Shooting sports? The RKBA was never intended for sports or hunting. It was intended for the People to maintain the authority “to execute the Laws of the Union”. What does this solve? Obviously it brings us closer to a state that can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants without fear of resistance. Wake up! The 2nd amendment was placed in order to make it impossible to disarm Militia, which is the WHOLE of the People armed as sovereigns with the indisputable power “to execute the Laws of the Union”. You, me, your spouse, your cousin, neighbor, everybody except those… Read more »

Arnold Tobias

I think all of the arms and ammo industry should should cut sales and service to the ATF just like Barrett did to the state of California when they banned 50 caliber rifle ammo.

Benton c s

Arnold T has put to print what I believe would be most effective. To those who receive life benifits for short term include anyone on the ATF Payroll or the IRS payroll. Refuse them the sale of Ammo. Govt. can not be trusted as the public finds they are terrorist in their own right. traitors,liars,and thieves. The Dept. of Homeland security should be seven notice they to will be banned from ammo on their next act infringement or violation of their oath of office.

Informed Reloader

It’s complete BS. Supplies and normal distributions of components are just fine and will continue to be until elections. You think if this really had any effect on the industry it would have happened by now after 3 months notice? I can still buy powder at all the places I know sell it online. Every Type 06 FFL holder has already caught wind of this and you can bet they are still manufacturing and carrying on business as usual. You gotta wake up folks.


ATF Just temporarily suspended the amendment today due to the industry’s inquiries.


How many reloading powders have a nitrogen content that high?


If I read it correctly, this change doesn’t affect smokeless powder but it affects the bulk ingredients of smokeless powder. Because powder manufacturers now have to treat the WNC used as a high-explosive, there could be a short-term supply.


You are correct, It will not effect Smokeless propellant used in ammunition. I will effect the manufactureres of propellant transport of Wet Nitro, used in making Smokless propellant for
amunition. I am a powder company.


I have been saying this for years. They cannot get the guns so they are coming after the ammo


This is disgusting. This notch by notch restriction on our firearms rights. Little by little.

Look what happened to the UK, they are now restricting PAPER CLIPS as dangerous. The slope is too slippery for us to let this one slide by.

We need to fight this one.


That tax sucking, rights infringing, busy-body agency needs to be defunded. Contact your legislators.


Contact what legislatures? We ain’t got any, any more. They who are in office and swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the people that elected them are there to fill their pockets from the rich corporations that actually run this country. If they in fact did their job that they were elected to do, then Obama and his entire Administration including murdering and lieing Hillary would have been impeached arrested tries and incarcerated. But no we have to have corrupt politicians in office that care about themselves then the people that put them there. We are… Read more »

Clark Kent

Run by rich corporations? You mean like the corporations that make ammunition? Try not to wear your tinfoil hat so tight.


you forget one thing. we still have our weapons and we still know how to use then. remember the war between the states. don’t ever forget it.