In just over two months the most anti gun president of the U.S. has started to implement his program to restrict firearms usage. The department of defence has passed an edict that any government fired brass must be destroyed and therefore removing the brass from the market place.
One of the fifth largest companies in the U.S., Georgia Arms, to re-manufacture this spent brass said that at present it produces in excess of 1,250,000 rounds of .223 a month. It pays the U.S. government .80 cents per case and the government receives over $1,000,000 a month. The U.S. government is prepared to accept a loss of 90% to facilitate this. The remanufacturing companies will still be allowed to purchase the brass but they must have it destroyed and sign a declaration that they will not remanufacture the empty cases. Georgia Arms has calculated that the company will lose approximately half of its income and will therefore have to lose half of its staff.
The U.S. department of defence has already started this process by making sure that the spent brass that it produces from now is chipped before the brass is sold. The chipped brass is then sold and will invariably be shipped out of the U.S. to China for processing.
This will effect the cost of all brass used in ammunition. In the U.S., police, National Guard, private citizens and competition shooters will no longer have a ready supply of affordable ammunition. This will not only effect cost of current military loads such as .223, 9mm, .45 etc but also the brass in all other ammunition.