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ATF reclassifies ammo components as explosives

Which could have greater handling requirements, making the manufacture of ammunition a bit more costly or impossible to make. Depending on who you read.

Interesting read on it at AmmoLand.

8 Responses to “ATF reclassifies ammo components as explosives”

  1. Heath J Says:

    I texted a friend that’s a Federal Ammo rep, who hadn’t heard a thing about it. I’ll post any response.

  2. Lyle Says:

    That would end up like black powder. You used to see it at any local sporting goods store or mom and pop gun store. Now it’s rarely stocked because of the hassle and expense. I’d say about one in ten of the stores that used to stock it still do. Those that stock it have to keep it in an approved explosives magazine, and can’t put it out on the shelves – you have to ask for it. We had black powder on store shelves in this country since colonial times, but sometime circa the 1990s it became something “dangerous” from which the public must be “protected”.

    It’s that chilling effect. Whatever it takes to further encumber the right to keep and bear arms, the Progressives will do it if we let them. In short; they’re criminals, and should be treated as such.

  3. Jailer Says:

    Lyle’s spot on. Regulate it out of reach of the average person in the name of safety. That way they’re not “taking away” anything and making the world a safer place. You know, for the children.

    Death by a thousand cuts.

  4. Fred Says:

    Didn’t we have a war over gov raiding powder houses?

  5. Lyle Says:

    Turns out it’s about “wetted nitro cellulose” which is a component in the manufacture of smokeless gun powder. A re-classification would impose higher costs on the powder makers, but wouldn’t directly affect the retailers or users other than through higher manufacturing and transport costs of one of the primary component chemicals of gun powder. TFB has an article on it. The possible fallout is still speculation, but we do know their game and they’ll play it any way they think they can get away with playing it. Add this to the list of indictments when it comes time for their trials.

  6. Veeshir Says:

    NRA say’s they’re delaying it for more study.

    They have a link to an ATF PDF.

  7. Heath J Says:

    Federal ammo rep says it’s a non thing at present.

  8. Firehand Says:

    Tam had a link to a followup letter(which I can’t find, dammit) which basically said “Oh, there’s been some misunderstanding, at this time this does not change requirements for manufacturers of ammunition.”

    Which tells me A: “My God, do you know how many Senators and Reps have called us on this? Put something out to quiet people down!”
    And B: ‘at this time’. Don’t trust the bastards at all. On anything.