American Hunter - November 2016 - 101


ATF Changes Course On Smokeless Powder Regulation

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his past summer, ATF released
an Explosives Industry Newsletter that changed the agency's
treatment of nitrocellulose, a primary component in the production of
smokeless powders used in modern
ammunition. This change had the potential to seriously disrupt ammunition
supply in the United States because it
changed a long-standing ATF policy
that exempted properly "wetted" nitrocellulose from treatment as an explosive under federal law.
The difference in dangerousness between dry and wet nitrocellulose has led
to relaxed regulation of wetted nitrocellulose. The Department of Transportation recognizes a substantial distinction
between dry and wet nitrocellulose in
its hazardous materials transportation
regulations, and until the recent industry
newsletter, ATF advised the ammunition
industry that wetted nitrocellulose was
not subject to the licensing and storage

requirements in federal explosives law.
Treating wetted nitrocellulose as
an explosive under federal law has the
potential to substantially disrupt the
production of smokeless powder. The
powder industry developed its operating practices based on ATF guidance
that wetted nitrocellulose is not an explosive. Reversal of that guidance would
cause smokeless powder manufacturers
to completely overhaul their operations
due to the stringent storage requirements for explosives.
The NRA and the firearm industry
raised these concerns to ATF, and any
change in ATF's treatment of nitrocellulose is now officially delayed. In an addendum to the earlier newsletter, ATF
announced that it "will conduct further
industry outreach concerning wetted
Nitrocellulose. In the interim, previously authorized industry practices
concerning wetted Nitrocellulose will
not be affected."

While the addendum doesn't indicate
that ATF has permanently abandoned
this change to nitrocellulose regulation,
smokeless powder manufacturers will be
permitted to continue normal operation,
at least for the time being. The NRA will
continue to work to ensure that any future change to nitrocellulose regulation
will not affect ammunition supply. 

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016
H. Byron Quimby, Dublin, PA (from: Delaware Valley Fish & Game); Earl K. Andrews, Olympia, WA (from: Lois J. Andrews); Bob Lowry, Bay Village, OH
(from: Joan M. Lowry); Richard "Rick" Schetlick, Butler, NJ (from: Margaret Finke); David Smaniotto, Salem, WI (from: William T. Barry); Gino P. Biasi, Toronto, OH (from: Michael D. Biasi); Rick G. Beller, East Eden, NY (from: Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Inc.); Joseph Astalos, Milford, PA (from: Theresa Boshek);
Andrew P. Schutze, Fond du Lac, WI (from: Jack E. Tobias).

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following have contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action: August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016)
Wojciech T. Zakrzewski, Bristol, VT; Stephen P. McCarroll, San Antonio, TX; Neil H. Joseph, St. Petersburg, FL; H. S. Rosenbush, Salt Lake City, UT; David Levy,
Fort Washington, PA; Paul V. Crawford, Silver Spring, MD; Perry A. Beasley, Greensboro, AL; Kent O. Moss, Westlake, LA; Robert E. Tallman, Long Branch, NJ;
Myron Hidecker, Kamiah, ID; Wendell W. Wahlstedt, North Richland Hills, TX; Bruce E. Dovner, Long Beach, CA; Mark E. Montgomery, Beverly Hills, CA;
Lightle Y. Morris, San Antonio, TX; Jake Reed, Lusk, WY; William J. Kidd, Milwaukee, WI; John J. Hauser, McMurray, PA; Dale Wills, Chateaugay, NY; R.W. Crockett,
Waynesboro, GA; Mark A. Youngren, Portland, OR; Eldon J. Saul, Halifax, PA; Thomas R. Zeigler, Gardners, PA; Charles H. Sloop, Mountain City, TN;
Earl M. Compton, Hazelwood, MO; Nancy Z. Punola, Madison, NJ; John Hasley, Maumee, OH; Dave Sunde, Minneapolis, MN; Jason Rhines, Northville, MI;
James Martin, Chambersburg, PA; Thaddeus Buda, Lansing, MI; Eric Nunes, Wesley Chapel, FL; Barry C. Holland, La Porte, TX; Right Way Initiative Inc.,
Alexandria, VA; Jerry Cole, Walkerton, IN; Dennis Buller, Stockton, CA; Gary Clinard, Las Vegas, NV; Nancy Reed, Argyle, TX; Jesse Lantz, Narvon, PA;
Brownells Inc., Montezuma, IA; Hightower Capital Group Inc., Bellaire, TX; Michael P. Clark, Houston, TX; Randy E. Luth, Becker, MN; Vito J. Germinario,
Middleburg, VA; William J. Kidd, Milwaukee, WI; Lipsey's LLC, Baton Rouge, LA; John C. Hughes, Lake Havasu City, AZ; Sherri T. Ghilarducci, Sedalia, CO;
Loren C. Rice, West Lake Hills, TX; Ralph S. Cunningham, Houston, TX; Kenneth R. Blackwell, Alexandria, LA; James B. MacDonald, Merion Station, PA;
David L. Davis, Midland, TX; Alan L. Lewitzke, Mosinee, WI; Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., Southport, CT; Janice S. Brooks, Herber, AZ; Robert Bretherton, Kennesaw, GA; Richard Frain, South Barrington, IL; Gregory J. Miller, Norwalk, CT; Pennsylvania Gun Collectors Association, Hopwood, PA; Robert J. Dempsey,
Tampa, FL; Davidson's, Prescott, AZ; Michael Butler, Villa Hills, KY; Arnold Kihlmire, Eatonton, GA; Eric Brod, Boulder, CO; Thomas L. Ashlock. Winter Park, FL;
Jim Supica, Fairfax, VA; T. La Cour, Hanalei, HI; Wayne Lagary, Lancaster, VA; Theodore D. Tomilson, Sheridan, WY; J. R. Walton, Howell, NJ; B.R. Engelking,
Mountlake Terrace, WA; Earl L. Rogers, Watonga, OK; Dane W. Harlien, Crosby, TX; Wallace G. Ruff, Richland, WA; Matthew Lexow, Dalles, OR; Arthur Palmer,
Bartonville, IL; Melvin T. Bruce, Winter Haven, FL; B. W. Loughridge, Albuquerque, NM; Stewart Mungo, Columbia, SC; John C. Dugan, Virginia Beach, VA;
Todd L. Johnson, Duluth, MN; Robert L. Timmerman, Austin, TX; Thomas J. Guzzo, Sharpsburg, GA; Myron Martin, Harlingen, TX; C.A. Ruleman, Memphis, TN;
George D. Adams, Goshen, KY; James Dunmeyer, Temperance, MI; Kriss Arbury, Midland, MI; Anthony J. Chimblo, Greenwich, CT; D.P. Nobile, Valencia, CA;
Joseph Krocker, Goodfield, IL; William J. Kidd, Milwaukee, WI; Sven G. Johnson, Belvidere, NJ; Richard A. Foster, Emporium, PA; Thomas R. Zeigler, Gardners,
PA; S.E. Logalbo, Naples, FL; Bill Barrow, Tucson, AZ; Lewis Conger, Bossier City, LA; Ralph J. Erb, Mooresville, NC; Kirby Pearce, Hartselle, AL; Darol R. Johnson,
Duvall, WA; Russell W. Viering, Groton, CT, Mike Katrenic, McKeesport, PA; George A. Werner, Greenwood, IN; Walter Malinowski, McLean, VA; Donald Grant,
Merrill, IA; Bruce Wieseltier, Dickson, TN; Paul Arnold, Franklin, TN; Harold W. Knapheide, Quincy, IL; James P. Alford, Gonzales, TX; Miller B. Lewis, Stuart, VA;
Charles D. Kirk, Hampstead, NC; Rick Eshe, Jefferson, CO; Lon Durham, Newark, CA; Gary D. Bond, Edmond, OK; Richard Storer, Denville, NJ; Stephen Vossler,
Wellsville, NY; Dennis Sexton, Greene, NY; David Lynch, Henderson, NV; John Langley, Sharps Chapel, TN; George Minnig, Sarasota, FL; Fred Mann, Taylors, SC;
Craig T. Mitchell, Arlington, TX; John P. Tavlarios, Darien, CT; Gary Zimmerman, Redondo Beach, CA; Max Kelly, Arlington, VA; Ruth Brewer, Platteville, CO;
James Yeager, Camden, TN; Dennis Buller, Stockton, CA; Fred Sauer, St. Louis, MO; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; Robert E. Hatfield, Scott Depot, WV; J. D. Munley,
Wichita, KS; Stephen K. Davis, Galveston, TX; Faye E. Chauncey, Warsaw, IN; Tim Hartsock, Clinton, IA; William J. Hornbaker, Auburn, ME; Debra Sealy, Tuscaloosa, AL; Michael Lowther, Laguna, CA; Franklin Targeteers, Franklin, NH; Cape Radiology Group Care, Girardeau, MO; Trustlawyer LLC, Rocky Hill, CT.

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