Coordinated protests work.
It appears the U.S. Department of Defense has backed off its change in policy and now will no longer be scrapping expended brass, but will continue to sell it to re-manufacturers.
Read the latest from the Montana Shooting Sports Association, as published by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Dear MSSA Friends,
I just received a phone call from the office of U.S. Senator Tester of Montana to inform me that at 5:15 (EST) today a letter cosigned by Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baucus (D-MT) was faxed to the Department of Defense asking DoD to reverse its new policy requiring destruction of fired military cartridge brass. At 5:30, I am told, Tester's office received a fax back from DoD saying that the brass destruction policy IS reversed.
Others report to me that they are already seeing evidence of this on the Websites of entities that liquidate surplus DoD commodities. Our thanks go out to Senator Tester and Senator Baucus, and their staff, for getting on this problem promptly and making the reversal happen. Staff for Tester and Baucus promise they will get me the documentation for this reversal tomorrow morning. I'll forward that when I get it.
Gary Marbut, presidentMontana Shooting Sports
Associationhttp://www.mtssa.orgauthor, Gun Laws of Montanahttp://www.mtpublish.com
My thanks to all TRL readers who contacted their member of Congress or U.S. senator on this matter. But the battle isn't over. Vigilence is the watchword for the next four years.
h/t to Dave Zimmerman for the heads up that this was resolved