Wednesday, August 31, 2016

ATF Reclassifies Wetted Nitrocellulose as Explosive Materials Under Federal Laws

 Washington, DC

In an Explosives Industry Newsletter issued in June 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) reclassified wetted nitrocellulose [also known as flash paper, flash cotton, guncotton, and flash string] containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen as a high explosive under the federal explosives laws.

As explained below, this is a dramatic and sudden change in agency policy with a significant impact on the ammunition industry. The new policy was announced in a newsletter without any opportunity for industry input.

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6 comments:

  1. Just another attempt to side step the second amendment by Mein Führer. We have been reading for years they cannot ban guns so they will try to ban ammo. Yep, war is a commin.

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    1. Nothing to see here, just move on along......

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  2. ATF just clarified that this ruling does not effect ammo. Sorry, no link, just word from someone in the LEO loop

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    1. Per the ATFs latest newsletter dated August 31, 2016...ATF’s June 2016 Explosives Industry Newsletter included a brief discussion of Nitrocellulose, and attempted to clarify the circumstances under which wetted Nitrocellulose is considered a high explosive under 27 CFR, Part 555. As with all explosives, ATF’s focus is on the potential public safety risks associated with materials that can be misused or diverted to unlawful purposes. Subsequent contact from industry members who import, transport, store or employ wetted Nitrocellulose in the production of ammunition, however, has brought to our attention issues that were not fully addressed in the Newsletter and require further consultation and consideration with the industry. Accordingly, ATF has and will conduct further industry outreach concerning wetted Nitrocellulose. In the interim, previously authorized industry practices concerning wetted Nitrocellulose will not be affected.

      https://www.atf.gov/file/109341/download

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    2. Thanks. http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2016/08/nitrocellulose-update-august-31-2016.html

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