The Department of Defense has announced it has scrapped a new policy that required destruction of fired military cartridge brass.
Mark Cunningham, a legislative affairs representative with the Defense Logistics Agency, emailed Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana democrat, that “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.”
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.
Tester and fellow Senator Max Baucus, D-Mont, had written the agency that prohibiting the sale of fired military brass would reduce the supply of ammunition.
The Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), a field activity of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), is the Department of Defense (DOD) activity responsible for the disposition of excess and surplus DOD Property. The DRMS had recently determined that releasing the empty cases for public sale “would jeopardize national security.”
“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.”
Georgia Arms and other ammunition vendors will be reoffered “the cases that have been held pending completion of the policy review. As was previously required, buyers who purchase cartridge cases from the government must be approved to do so under Trade Security Controls.”