Democrats are pushing legislation which bans online ammunition sales that do not include a face-to-face exchange of IDs and that requires ammunition dealers to report any purchases of more than 1,000 rounds.
The bottom line is, the ‘Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act’ would actually put ammunition dealers in the position of having to guess the intent of ammo purchasers and to force law-abiding purchasers to jump through even more hoops before getting the affordable ammunition they need for target practice, hunting, or self-defense.
Via The Hill:
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) has introduced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015. The bill unveiled Tuesday would require federally licensed ammunitions dealers to confirm the identity of individuals who arrange to purchase ammunition over the Internet by verifying a photo ID in-person.
The bill would also require ammunition vendors to report any sales of more than 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days to the U.S. attorney general if the person purchasing ammunition is not a licensed dealer.
“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), one of the bill’s original cosponsors, said in a joint statement. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”
The bill would stop short of imposing an outright ban on online ammunition sales, said Courtney Cochran, Watson Coleman’s communications director.
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act is also sponsored by Representative Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) (D-NJ-10th Dist.), who said, “This common-sense reform would save lives by depriving violent criminals of a means of anonymously amassing ammunition without proper scrutiny.”
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