I received a call yesterday morning from a staffer at the office of Montana’s lone Congressman Denny Rehberg. In a meeting with military contractor ATK, Rehberg’s staff learned that ATK is withdrawing from the military brass “recycling” (destruction) program. A similar message went out late yesterday from the offices of Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

Although I’d like to see a copy of the theoried memoranda from ATK to military installations canceling their brass destruction program, this already seems to me to be huge step in the right direction for ATK, and a reasonable step towards getting Department of Defense compliance with the 2009 congressional prohibition of military brass destruction.

Although ATK was complicit in a big chunk of military brass destruction, there is still a lot of military brass that has been destroyed all along apart from the ATK program and despite the 2009 congressional prohibition. I’m still trying to learn what mechanisms may be available to enforce the congressional non-destruction mandate upon clueless or recalcitrant military installations.

Stay tuned.

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