Anti-Gun Lawmakers Push Ammunition Sales Ban
National Rifle Association of
America, Institute for Legislative Action
July 30, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation that would impose sweeping
new and not so new restrictions on ammunition sales.
3458 and H.R.
6241, are known as the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.
bill itself has four elements:
- A federal
licensing requirement for ammunition sellers;
on all ammunition sales;
of all sales of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to anyone
without a federal firearms license within five consecutive business
- A photo
identification requirement for all non-licensees buying ammunition,
effectively banning the online or mail order purchase of
ammo by regular civilians.
The two lawmakers
contempt for regular civilians is nothing new, and neither
are the first two of the requirements they propose. Starting in
1968, ammunition dealers had to have licenses from the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and also had to keep records of purchasers.
The recordkeeping requirement on .22 caliber rimfire ammunition
was so burdensome that it was repealed in 1982. Congress did away
with the remaining licensing and recordkeeping provisions as part
of the "Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986"
after the BATF itself said the restrictions had no substantial
law enforcement value.
bill would turn back the clock to the days when ammunition was only
available in person at licensed stores, driving up prices and making
less popular cartridges nearly unobtainable for millions of lawful
gun owners. The effect of all of these proposals on competitive
shooters, who buy ammunition by the case lot for consistent accuracy
and shoot tens of thousands of rounds each year in practice, would
be especially devastating. And because the word ammunition
is defined in federal law to include components such as bullets
and empty cartridge cases, the bill would be disastrous for handloaders
especially those who enjoy shooting rare, historic cartridges.
In fact, Lautenberg
and McCarthy would do well to heed the words of the Obama administrations
top negotiator at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty conference, who pointed
out to the nations of the world that Ammunition is
fungible, consumable, reloadable, and cannot be marked in any practical
way that would permit it to be tracked or traced. Any practical
proposal for ammunition would need to consider the significant burdens
associated with licensing, authorizations, and recordkeeping for
ammunition that is produced and transferred in the billions of rounds
your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative and urge them to
3458 and H.R.
6241 respectively. You can find contact information for your
elected officials by using the "Write
Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org,
or you can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your U.S.
Representative at (202) 225-3121 . Once you have taken this action,
please be sure to forward this information to your family, friends,
and fellow firearm owners, and strongly encourage them to contact
their lawmakers as well.
© 2012 National
Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action