I don’t think I’ve fired any ammunition from Georgia Arms, a company that manufactures ammunition from once-fired brass cases, but many do, including police departments.
The New York Times got wind of the fact that the NYPD sold a shipment of once-fired pistol brass from the NYPD range in the Bronx to Georgia Arms, and is now having a fit that the lawless rednecks aren’t following New York City’s far superior laws:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s attacks on the gun industry are legion, and familiar far beyond the boundaries of the city he runs. They were heard again just hours after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo., in his calls for tightened gun control.
So it may come as a surprise to some that in June, New York City sold more than 28,000 pounds of the Police Department’s spent shell casings not to a scrap metal company, as it has in the past, but to a Georgia ammunition store. The store, Georgia Arms, routinely buys once-fired shell casings, reloads them with bullets and sells them to the public.
The store sells bags of 50 bullets, at about $15 each; per Georgia’s gun laws, no questions are asked and no identification or registration is required. It is a transaction that could not occur in New York City, where it is illegal to possess ammunition without a license to own a gun, and where obtaining a license to own a gun is harder than in most other states.
The sale of shell casings to Georgia Arms is perfectly legal and not uncommon; other police departments sell their used casings. And many of its “factory loaded” bullets, as the second-generation rounds are known, are sold in bulk to police agencies for use on their own firing ranges. They are less expensive than new ammunition.
I would suggest that the Times have a gander at the official maps of New York City. While I’m no cartographer, I’m fairly certain that the city limits don’t extend any further south than Conference House Park in Staten Island. What happens beyond there is beyond the reach of even a notorious busybody like Michael Bloomberg, or the unpleasant clucking scolds of the New York Times.
Georgia Arms placed a bid for the 28,000 pounds of brass, competing against scrap dealers in a fair and equitable bidding process. They won, and took possession of the brass casings. This is called free market capitalism, and shows that the government, in some rare instances, actually cares to get some return on the investment of taxpayer dollars spent to train the police.
The company then used that brass to make a legal commercial product, and sells it profitably, once again, within the law.
If the Times doesn’t like the ammunition company buying the brass, perhaps they’d be willing to put up the high bid at the next auction. Oh wait, that’s right… they’re losing money hand over fist because of their shallow, arrogant Manhattan-centric focus.