Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
USA. 2007 ‘Destruction of Surplus, Confiscated, Seized and Collected SALW.’ National Report of the United States of America on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 6. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations. 17 July
Destruction of Surplus, Confiscated, Seized and Collected SALW
DOD destroys military weapons which are no longer useful, serviceable or economically repairable as part of its stockpile management life -cycle program.
The most thorough method of demilitarization for SALW is smelting. The smelting facilities at the U.S. Army's Rock Island Arsenal are the main demilitarization facility for DOD assets, though others are used as well.
Torch cutting, shearing, crushing, or deep water dumping or s melting may be used when they are deemed more cost effective and/or practicable and are authorized by the appropriate authority.
The DOD Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) accounts for destroyed SALW…
Since 2001 the U.S. has destroyed over one million weapons and approximately 90 million rounds of associated ammunition of various calibers in 25 countries, as well as over 21,000 MANPADS since 2003.
[SALW = small arms and light weapons. DOD = US Department of Defence]