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Illegal gov't destruction of used ammo alarms gun owners

Gun rights activists often engage in what is known as "reloading," the practice of making their own ammo with used brass from once-fired bullets.
Gun rights activists often engage in what is known as "reloading," the practice of making their own ammo with used brass from once-fired bullets.
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More evidence surfaced today indicating that the Obama administration is breaking the law and defying official government policy by ordering the destruction of expended brass at military installations. The brass is often used by civilian gun owners to make their own ammunition.

Gun rights enthusiasts often make their own ammunition in a process known as "reloading," the practice of taking the brass from once-fired used bullets to make homemade ammo.

National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea reports on his blog that not only is the government destroying such used brass at Fort Drum, as reported Friday, but allegedly at Camp LeJeune as well.

When the administration attempted to destroy the expended brass in 2009, two U.S. senators, Jon Tester and Max Baucus, wrote a letter of complaint to the Defense Logistics Agency in 2010, after which they were told by the Department of Defense that the practice had been stopped.

The problem, however, is that what the Defense Department had been doing up until that point was against the law. The law clearly states that once-fired small arms cartridge cases are to be "made available intact on the open market." In other words, expended, used ammunition cartridges are not to be destroyed but sold to citizens.

However, apparently the Defense Department was merely telling the senators what they wanted to hear. The illegal practice of destroying the used cartridges has continued.

This prospect is of enormous concern to gun owners in the current climate in which the Obama administration and top Democrats in the House and Senate seek ways to limit citizen access to guns and ammunition.

With all of the talk of gun bans and ammo restrictions, citizens have vowed to take matters into their own hands and make their own weapons and ammunition in order to make a clear statement to the government that they intend to exercise their right, guaranteed in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to keep and bear arms, and that such a right is "not to be infringed."

But in order to exercise that right in a climate of tyrannical government, citizens need brass to make their own ammo. If the used brass cartridges are destroyed by the government, however, brass could become very hard to get.

Although it is unknown how widespread the practice of mutilating expended brass cartridges has become, usually when one major military installation, such as Fort Drum, is engaging in a practice as a matter of official policy, such a practice is only the tip of the iceberg.

Thus, three questions arise as a result of this information. What other military camps and installations are engaging in this practice? Do they know that the practice is illegal? Who is giving the order for the military to break the law?


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