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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

DOD Spent Brass Directive Reversed

NRANews host Cam Edwards reported breaking news on the program last night that the Department of Defense has reversed its directive that all spent brass purchased from the department be mutilated rather than be remanufactured and sold to consumers and local agencies (i.e. local law enforcement). Cam reported that NRA was in meetings all day yesterday on the matter and news of the reversal came just a few hours before the start of the program.

We can thank Montana U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus who cosigned a letter to the Department of Defense asking DOD to reverse their new policy requiring "mutilation" of fired military cartridge brass. About an hour after the letter was sent, Senator Tester's office received a response from the Defense Department saying the brass destruction policy IS reversed.

Both Senators Tester and Baucus are Democrats. This is good news for gun owners because if two senators from a party who's leadership is not known for its strong support of the Second Amendment over the last 10 to 15 years, are willing to go to bat for us so quickly, we may have a strong wall against what is sure to be a coming fight on banning semi-automatic rifles.

I say coming battle because yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs held a hearing on “Law Enforcement Responses to Mexican Drug Cartels." It was nothing more than a forum for Senators Diane Fienstein (D-CA) and Dick Durbin (D - IL) to spout the administration's line on the need to ban semi-automatic rifles to keep Mexican Drug Cartels from getting their hands on them. Maybe they should have read this L.A. Times article from Sunday detailing how many of the weapons used by the cartels are coming from South America.

I'll have audio of some of the hearing uploaded later this evening.

Hat tip to Cam Edwards and the Shooting Wire.

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