Just received this from a friend! Can anyone independently confirm the information?
"Georgia Arms is the fifth largest retailer of .223 Ammo in America. They sell 9mm, .45 cal, and .223 cal ammunition. They normally buy spent brass from the U.S. Department of Defense. Spent brass is "one time fired" shell cases that have been used by our Military for training purposes.
Georgia Arms buys the brass, reconditions it, and then reloads the brass for resale to Law Enforcement, Gun Clubs, Gun Shops, and stores like Wal-Mart. They normally buy 30,000 pounds of spent brass at a time.
This week the DoD wrote a letter to the owner of Georgia Arms informing him that from now on the DoD will be demilitarizing the spent brass by shredding it. It will no longer be available to the ammunition reloaders, unless they buy it in the scrap shredded condition (for which they have no use).
The shredded brass is now going to be sold by the United States Department of Defense to Communist China as scrap metal, after the U.S. Taxpayer pays for it to be shredded under a DoD contract. The Department of Defense is offering the brass for sale to Communist China for less money than the American ammunition reloaders have been paying for spent cartridges. The DoD will expend Public Debt (money borrowed from Communist China) to have the brass shredded, increasing the cost to the U.S. Taxpayer to provide a military strategic metal to our enemy and manufacturing competitor.
This sure helps the economy doesn't it? Sell cheaper to Communist China, and do not sell at all to a U.S. business that employs American citizens. Any political agenda here? The Obama Administration is blatantly going after the U.S. Firearms Industry and our ammunition!
The owner of Georgia Arms says that he will have to lay-off at least half of his sixty employees, within sixty to ninety days if the DoD no longer sells spent brass cases to the industry. Georgia Arms has two to three months of inventory in stock, by summer they will be sold out.
If the Reloading Industry is required to purchase new manufacture brass cases, the cost of ammunition will seriously increase.
You can read the information and see the DoD letter to Georgia Arms at the Shootist Site The Shootist: DOD Ends Sale of Expended Military Brass to Remanufacturers <http://www.theshootist.net/2009/03/dod-ends-sale-of-expended-military.html>"