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    Latest ATF Move Could Cause Ammunition Price Spike Due To Component Reclassification

    BREAKING: Latest ATF Move Could Cause Ammunition Price Spike Due To Component Reclassification


    Just recently the ATF sent out their monthly explosives industry newsletter detailing a new take on the legalities regarding transporting “wetted” nitrocellulose, a compound used in the production of smokeless powder, stating that wetting the nitrocellulose no longer made it a non-explosive and it would be subject to increased regulation.

    What this means for the ammunition industry is largely unknown at this time. There is speculation as always that the price of ammunition will go through the roof, but without knowing more about the new ruling and what new hoops manufacturers will have to jump through any speculation is better received from a set of discount tarot cards.

    Sadly if the speculators are correct about ammunition costs exploding (heh, pun intended) not only will the average purchaser of loaded ammunition be affected, but also the reloader who normally misses out on this sort of fun. Even the DOD will be hit pretty hard by the new ruling, after all, the ammunition plants that supply the military also supply a good majority of civilian shooters.

    My educated guess is that this will not affect anything, the ATF would have to be out of their gourd to make such a sweeping change without notifying large ammunition manufacturers.

    Below is the excerpt from the ATF newsletter detailing the new opinion:
    Manufacturers and importers of smokeless propellant have relied on ATF private letter rulings issued prior to 2016 stating that nitrocellulose wetted with water not less than 25 percent by mass is not subject to regulation under the federal explosives laws. Accordingly, the manufacturers have set up their logistics, storage and operations consistent with nitrocellulose not being regulated as an explosive. Manufacturers and importers may not have adequate storage facilities or record keeping systems to comply with the law. Licensed manufacturers also rely on private, unlicensed vendors to store wetted nitrocellulose in facilities that do not comply with storage requirements. A number of manufacturers also report an adverse impact on their contracts to supply smokeless propellant and finished rounds of ammunition to the Department of Defense.

    Publication of the change in classification in an industry newsletter without advance notice has left manufacturers scrambling to determine what standards ATF will allow for alternate storage and record keeping and to obtain permits for unlicensed storage vendors. In the meantime, manufacturers and importers are violating federal law, as ATF allowed no grace period for coming into compliance. We note that ATF has authorized such periods in the past when changing agency positions. For example, see ATF’s November 12, 2010 Open Letter regarding explosive pest control devices.

    ATF’s sudden and unexpected change in policy on wetted nitrocellulose will likely have a significant impact on industry’s ability to deliver products to the military and commercial markets. Industry members have relied on the exemption for wetted nitrocellulose for many years and are aware of no accidental detonations or diversion of this product into illicit channels. Consequently, it is unclear why ATF believed it necessary to change its policy and, more importantly, why ATF announced the change in a newsletter article with no advance notice to industry.
    Hat tip to our friends over at Ammoland and All Outdoor.com

    Patrick is a Staff Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a life long passion for shooting he has love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at [email protected].
    Pat ------> NRA Lifetime Endowment Member #FAAFO

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    Barry's swan songs have started. Commuting fed criminal sentences, Gitmo, kicking gun owners in the nads, cementing BLM into the next decade of political influence, locking a spot on the Clinton Foundations BOD.....🎼🎷🎤🎼🎹🎸🎺🎼

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      #3
      i'm good

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        #4
        is this about Powder? shit im set for life....

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          #5
          Panic buying in... 3...2...1...GO!
          SHADAP VARMINT!

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            #6
            Crap the reduced hazmat free from midsouth shooters supply is over.

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                #8
                This will be the new gun control. Pricing people out of the hobby. Shame.

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                  #9
                  I'm all set. Could use more primers though....

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                    #10
                    The ATF is backpeddling, ... for now.

                    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201...regs-proposal/



                    Give a man fire, and he stays warm for one night. Set a man on fire, and he stays warm for the rest of his life.

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                      #11
                      Apparently the ATF made a small mistake here and caused a panic, wetted nitro is just that, wetted nitro. When shipping nitrocellulose it has to be wetted to prevent explosions and is stored this way until needed at which time it is dried out and used to make the gunpowder. They issued a new statement to clarify the directive and calm down the angry masses before the inevitable pitchforks, tar ,feathers, etc. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

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