March 21, 2023

BATFE’s Call to Reclassify Nitrocellulose Has Been Delayed

Don’t panic…..yet!

I received in my email inbox this morning a link to a story that tells us that “secretly” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) reclassified an ingredient used in the manufacture of gun powder, nitrocellulose, as a “high explosive.” Such a classification, according to talk on the Internet and from ammunition manufacturers, would seriously effect the industry and cause very expensive ammo and a shortage of it…perhaps.

While it is true, that in June 2016, this reclassification was made, missing from the email circulating the Web, is that, at least for now, that reclassification has been put on hold pending industry input.