A4615, A4725/S3162, A5503, A6433 & A9006A/S5932A
REGULATION OF AMMUNITION SALES
The stated purpose is to restrict access to ammunition to authorized individuals and to facilitate the investigation of firearms related incidents by providing an investigative link to any possible purchasers of the type of ammunition used. Each of these four bills seeks to impose some form of restriction and/or record keeping requirement for the purchase of ammunition. Each proposal has somewhat different provisions
The registration of ammunition sales has been tried on a nationwide basis and has been found wanting. It provides no deterrent to the criminal classes and does not provide even exploratory leads to assist in the investigation of firearms incidents. It merely adds costs that are ultimately paid by the consumer with utterly no economic or social benefit.
The addition of reporting sales to the State and the establishment of databases compounds the folly by adding expense with no benefit to anyone to the State budget at a time of severe financial stress.
We can see only two purposes in this legislation. First, it would initiate firearms registration for rifles and shotguns through the back door when the front door has been legally shut. The specific firearm owned by a citizen should have no bearing on his or her eligibility to purchase ammunition. The stated purpose of keeping ammunition out of ineligible hands or assisting investigators is purely cosmetic.
Second, since the proponents of this type of legislation have not been able to achieve their fundamental goal of banning all private firearms, they strive to make it as difficult as possible for those who wish to own firearms to enjoy their use.
This is “dějà vous all over again”. The registration of ammunition sales has been
tried on a national basis and rejected.
Registration of ammunitions sales was instituted by the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA68). Record keeping for rifle and shotgun ammunition was repealed in December 1969. All record keeping requirements for retail ammunition sales were eliminated with the passage of the Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986. The record keeping requirement was determined to have served no useful purpose in keeping ammunition out of the hands of ineligible persons or in providing information to investigators dealing with firearms incidents. There is no reason to believe that this has changed.
Current Federal law provides adequate restrictions on the sale of ammunition.
Federal law establishes a minimum age of 18 for any purchase of ammunition and a minimum age of 21 for the purchase of ammunition for firearms “other than rifles or shotguns”.3 Purchasers are also required, under Federal law, to meet the same requirements as those requisite for the purchasers of firearms.4
Further restrictions and record keeping requirements at the state level would serve no useful purpose. Felons are not likely to be deterred from obtaining ammunition. They will use their normal methods of theft and guile and, if all else fails, go out of state.
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