In another apparent back-door attack on the shooting public, it appears that the Department of Defense has changed the rules regarding the auction of once-fired milsurp brass. An email has been circulating through the gun boards concerning the status of materials sold as "scrap":
Dear Valued Customer:A follow-up email by a poster at AR15.com brings this clarification:
Please take a moment to note important changes set forth by the Defense Logistics Agency:
Recently it has been determined that fired munitions of all calibers, shapes and sizes have been designated to be Demil code B. As a result and in conjunction with DLA's current Demil code B policy, this notice will serve as official notification which requires Scrap Venture (SV) to implement mutilation as a condition of sale for all sales of fired munitions effective immediately. This notice also requires SV to immediately cease delivery of any fired munitions that have been recently sold or on active term contracts, unless the material has been mutilated prior to sale or SV personnel can attest to the mutilation after delivery. A certificate of destruction is required in either case.
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I just got off the phone with SV and GL with people I know very well. As of yesterday (3/12/09) ALL brass is only to be sold as scrap and as such, must be destroyed. It will no longer require an EUC, so that scrap buyers can pick it up immediately and submit the destruction certificate. Sounds like a move to help the metals buyers in the volitile(sic) markets.Georgia Arms is apparently the first remanufacturer/reseller to respond to this announcement:
In the SV managers words... "The reloaders are screwed."
Due to new government regulations concerning the purchasing of surplus brass, we are removing sales of all 223 and all 308 until further notice. Below is a copy of the email we recieved from Goverment Liqudiations.
"Effective immediately DOD Surplus, LLC, will be implementing new requirements for mutilation of fired shell casings. The new DRMS requirement calls for DOD Surplus personnel to witness the mutilation of the property and sign the Certificate of Destruction. Mutilation of the property can be done at the DRMO, if permitted by the Government, or it may be mutilated at a site chosen by the buyer. Mutilation means that the property will be destroyed to the extent prevents its reuse or reconstruction. DOD Surplus personnel will determine when property has been sufficiently mutilated to meet the requirements of the Government. "
This is a huge waste of taxpayer's money. The value of these products is reduced by 80% by going from a recycled product to a scrap product.
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN!!!!!!!!!
I recommend writing to them as well. And include
First the "no lead ammo in National Parks" rule, now this. It looks like Team Obama is going to implement whatever "gun control" they can through rule changes, since they obviously aren't going to get any traction in Congress.
Congresscritters still understand that Job #1 is getting re-elected.
UPDATE: Tam posted first, and has more details.
UPDATE II: Jeff Bartlett at GIBrass.com has this statement:
Orders for all military brass acquired thru government auction is hereby
suspended until further notice. If recent auction purchased brass is
is declared unrestricted, all orders will be filled in order received