Montana U.S. Senators Baucus and Tester have sent a strongly-worded letter to the Department of Defense insisting on answers soon to pointed questions about military brass destruction. Thanks to Baucus and Tester for this effort. You may read the Baucus/Tester letter at:

It seems that there may be two separate problems related to destruction of military brass:

1) The sweetheart side deals defense contractor ATK has been promoting with military installations to destroy brass, and

2) That many military installation commanders may not be in compliance with a congressional prohibition that no Congress-appropriated funds may be used to destroy brass. This may be because DoD simply didn’t make the effort to inform installation commanders that Congress had prohibited destruction of brass. Here’s the language that was included in the 2009 Department of Defense appropriation by Congress:

“None of the funds available to the Department of Defense may be used to demilitarize or dispose of M-1 Carbines, M-1 Garand rifles, M-14 rifles, .22 caliber rifles, .30 caliber rifles, or M-1911 pistols, or to demilitarize or destroy small arms ammunition or ammunition components that are not otherwise prohibited from commercial sale under Federal law, unless the small arms ammunition or ammunition components are certified by the Secretary of the Army or designee as unserviceable or unsafe for further use.”

It will be very interesting to see what answers Baucus and Tester get from DoD by the deadline set in their letter.

ALSO, members of Congress from other states need to be pestered to join Baucus and Tester in this effort, or make similar efforts separately.

Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana