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Monday, March 16, 2009

Reloading Brass-Call To ACTION!

Here's another issue that requires our prompt and constant pressure on our elected representatives to get this directive reversed!

The Defense Logistics Agency has issued a directive that all once-fired military brass now has to be DESTROYED (demilitarized) instead of sold. Once-fired military brass is commonly sold for the reloading market and sells at prices around $2.00 per pound. In its destroyed state, the brass is worth 35 cents or less per pound.

There is already a shortage of ammunition being noticed across the United States and those who reload ammunition have also noticed a shortage in virtually all reloading supplies. This directive will serve to essential shut-down reloading in this country as we know it.

So here we are, in a time of economic downturn, and our government has decided that it won't sell (recycle) a valuable resource, which will in turn cause the cost of ammunition to rise even further. The directive orders that even for current contracts for once-fired brass that have not yet been delivered the brass is to be destroyed prior to delivery.

This is nothing short of a back-door attempt by our current administration to curtail 2nd amendment rights and we should not stand for it.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives TODAY and keep the pressure on to have this directive reversed; I also sent a letter to Senator Baucus, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Write your Representatives here: Contact Elected Officials

Here is additional information, as well as a copy of the letter I sent. You are free to use and/or alter the letter that I sent as you desire.

Additional information: Government Destroys Once-Fired Brass, AR-15 Forum Information

Here's the letter I sent today:~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Senator / Representative XXXXX:

I am truly shocked to hear about the latest Defense Logistics Agency requirement that all once-fired military brass now be DESTROYED (demilitarized) instead of made available for sale for reloading purposes.

This is nothing more than a back-door attempt by this current administration at restricting my 2nd amendment rights to keep and bear arms and it is appalling.

Not to mention the impact this will have on the availability of firearms classes being taught throughout the United States due to the already well-known ammunition shortages.

With the current ammunition shortage, that once-fired brass easily sells for over $2.00 per pound, but the destroyed brass is practically worthless at only about 35 cents per pound.

What happened to our government's concern for how our tax-payer dollars are spent during this economic downturn; not to mention positive aspect of recycling a re-usable product???

I urge you, as I am urging other Senators and Representatives, to act quickly to implement a reversal of this DLA directive immediately.

Please see the copy of the message below that demonstrates the current DLA requirement that is in place:

-----Original Message-----


Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2009 5:34 PM
Subject: Important Notice to Scrap Metal Buyers!


Dear Valued Customer:

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.

Thank you,

DOD Surplus
15051 N Kierland Blvd # 300
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


I appreciate your urgent consideration and action on this issue at hand.

Okay folks, time to get busy calling, writing and faxing!

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