Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Feds undercut ammo supply.

Tom's Journal.

'This didn't happen out of the Blue !!'

Feds undercut ammo supply
But Defense policy reversed after intervention by 2 Montana senators

Posted: March 17, 2009
9:00 pm Eastern

By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Fired brass shell casings

Responding to two Democratic senators representing outraged private gun owners, the Department of Defense announced last night it has scrapped a new policy that would deplete the supply of ammunition by requiring destruction of fired military cartridge brass.

The policy already had taken a bite out of the nation's stressed ammunition supply, leaving arms dealers scrambling to find ammo for private gun owners.

Mark Cunningham, a legislative affairs representative with the Defense Logistics Agency, explained in an e-mail last night to the office of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., that the Department of Defense had placed small arms cartridge cases on its list of sensitive munitions items as part of an overall effort to ensure national security is not jeopardized in the sale of any Defense property.

The small arms cases were identified as a senstive item and were held pending review of policy, he said.

"Upon review, the Defense Logistics Agency has determined the cartridge cases could be appropriately placed in a category of government property allowing for their release for sale," Cunningham wrote.

The Defense Department liaison was responding to a letter yesterday to the Defense Logistic Agency's Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson from Tester and fellow Montana Democrat Sen. Max Baucus. The senators argued "prohibiting the sale of fired military brass would reduce the supply of ammunition – preventing individual gun owners from fully exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. We urge you to address this situation promptly."

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One of the companies that brought attention to the issue is Georgia Arms, which for the last 15 years has been purchasing fired brass casings from the Department of Defense and private government surplus liquidators. The military collects the discarded casings from fired rounds, then sells them through liquidators to companies like Georgia Arms that remanufacture the casings into ammunition for the law enforcement and civilian gun owner communities.

But earlier this month, Georgia Arms received a canceled order, informed by its supplier that the government now requires fired brass casings be mutilated, in other words, destroyed to a scrap metal state.

The policy change, handed down from the Department of Defense through the Defense Logistics Agency, cut a supply leg out from underneath ammunition manufacturers.

The policy compelled Georgia Arms to cancel all sales of .223 and .308 ammunition, rounds used, respectively, in semi-automatic and deer hunting rifles, until further notice. Sharch Manufacturing, Inc. had announced the same cancellation of its .223 and .308 brass reloading components.

"They just reclassified brass to allow destruction of it, based on what?" Georgia Arms owner Larry Haynie asked WND. "We've been 'going green' for the last dozen years, and brass is one of the most recyclable materials out there. A cartridge case can be used over and over again. And now we're going to destroy it based on what? We don't want the civilian public to have it? It's a government injustice."

As WND reported, firearm sales have spiked since the election of a perceived anti-gun president, and Americans stockpiling bullets have produced a stressed ammunition market.

The Orlando Sentinel reports months of steady, heavy buying have left gun dealers in Florida facing shortages of ammunition.

"The survivalist in all of us comes out," John Ritz, manager of a Florida shooting range, told the Sentinel. "It's more about protecting what you have."

"People are just stockpiling," said a spokeswoman for Georgia Arms, which has seen bullet sales jump 100 percent since the election. "A gun is just like a car. If you can't get gas, you can't use it."

WND contacted the Defense Logistics Agency, the Department of Defense's largest combat support agency, several times seeking comment or explanation for the policy change but received none.

The National Rifle Association confirmed to WND that the DLA had been instructed to require the scrapping of the brass casings but declined further comment.

Other gun advocates, however, sounded off on the issue, eyeing the change in government policy with suspicion and filling the blogosphere with speculation that the effects of the policy change may be deliberate.

"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," writes firearm instructor and author Gordon Hutchinson on his The Shootist blog. "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."

A writer named Owen at the Boots & Sabers blog suspected the policy change was an effort by an anti-gun administration to raise the cost of ammunition.

"This policy didn't come out of the blue," wrote Owen. "The Commander in Chief is clearly sending a message to gun owners that they should be paying more for ammunition. If he can't do it through regulatory action, he'll do it by forcing ammunition manufacturers to spend more on production."

Hutchinson reports Georgia Arms was manufacturing over 1 million rounds of .223 ammunition every month, but without the ability to purchase expended military ammunition, the company might have been forced to lay off up to half its workforce.

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Expaination for being 'short' at times.

Tom's Journal.

Hello Guys and Gals,
I guess that most everyone has got their tolerance and limit of patience, long suffering, and some of us just won't cut it as far as being a grade or high school teacher now days with all the lack of respect and evolutionary agendas and atmosphere. And who likes a 'hostile work climate ?' Personally, I love to teach and share things, education, trades, skills, and I used to teach ESL [English is a Second Language]. There is a limit to God's patience too, as outlined in the Bible, concerning His own people, the Hebrews, and the whole world, for that fact. It seems that even our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, about lost His cool with His beloved apostles a few times-- and right after He got done teaching them simple illustrations... lol. [See: Matt. 18:3-6.]
So, I don't mind spending time with anyone who still hungers for the truth of the scriptures, etc., -- but the very beginning of my Journal's 'mission statement' tells what I endeavor to do and accomplish with the pen/ key pad. This Journal is a Bible based Blog that also tries to help other disabled combat Vets navigate the corrupt VA/ Gov't systems that continually try their best to shaft the Veterans of America. And other things tickle my fancy that I feel are news worthy that I post from time to time. I love good jokes and music and I like to insert some pix as well. But the main thrust of my Journal remains to be the grand promises of God, thru Jesus Christ as revealed in the Word/ Bible. So... when someone comes up with the latest baloney/ trash about some Left Winger, atheist -"scientist", I pretty much know where he is going and what agenda he's pushing. As I mentioned several time, the apostle Paul referred to most of the world's 'junk' as a 'dung heap'-- enough said. Actually, the devil is in the habit of throwing EVERYTHING in our path, especially in these "end times," to trip us up or steal our precious time! I used to be a 'news junky' before and just recently broke that bad habit. Not only the 'weak ones' but even some of the "elect" will be misled! This should serve as a word to the wise-- I pray. I am a sinful human creature too who has to constantly evaluate everything that I come across to make sure of the truth and value. I have been misled a few times in the past before I 'knew the Word' so that I DOUBLE CHECK things now days just to make sure. I love great movies, action, adventure, history-- but I also know that I don't want much to do with the crap Hollywood puts out now days, and I well know THEIR filthy agenda too! Hey! If all the other agendas demand their 'free speech' they can put up with mine too! But it doesn't work that way now that 'messiah' got elected.

Friends, we do not want to miss the boat on this one [of Universal Sovereignty]. This game is for all the marbles-- and the losers get a one-way ride to a really bad alternative. So when I get tempted now-- I stop and think, "is it worth it" to soil my name and record any more with SOMEONE whom I claim to love and honor ??

If I have sounded rude or short tempered with some of the friends' comments-- it's because I am stressed out big time right now and may not 'multi-task' well right now, with my wife going into the hospital system in Kenosha for a possible open heart surgery on 24 March 09. I took her there this morning for blood work, tests, X-Rays and EKG-- pre-admission paper work, etc. But still, I feel that I must stand up for what I know to be true and right... and for that I need not be ashamed or sorry, dear friends.
Well, the VA cleaning lady is here now, and I have to keep an eye on her so she doesn't hide things [as she cleans and organizes] and then we can't find them when we are cooking... lol. My wife can barely walk from one room into another without getting winded-- and she has already lost a lot of weight!
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.

There are some very bad rumors and actual bills in 18 States that would corrupt and interfere with the sale of ammunition in the U.S., thanks partially to all the HIDDEN bills that obama and the Dims inserted secretly into the Pork Plan that was just passed to "get our economy jump started".. Ha! I doubt if some of the Senate and Congress can read-- let alone read all 1000 pages in 2 days!!
Thank you, Dims and Independents, for putting "your man" in the White House. The DAMAGE is already done, and perhaps irreparably. Most core, bible studied Christian believe that only God can make things straight, so we figure we will stay in the 'boat' like Noah and take the jokes, scorn and ridicule from un-believers. God told Ezekiel that He would make his fore head tough as flint to ward off all the insults, etc. Not a problem--- I am NOT bitter or angry-- just stating the facts as I see them.