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Proposed Bill Would Ban Online Ammunition Sales

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In the wake of the Aurora shooting, gun control proposals have been causing a stir in not only the firearms and hunting communities but the general public as well. One of these, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, would effectively ban online ammunition sales.

Details of the proposed Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act were released by Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy (New York), Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey) and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday. The Act would make the following legal requirements for the sale of ammunition:

  • Anyone selling ammunition must be a licensed dealer.
  • Ammunition buyers who are not licensed dealers must present photo identification at the time of purchase, effectively banning the online or mail order purchase of ammo by regular civilians.
  • Licensed ammunition dealers must maintain records of the sale of ammunition.
  • Licensed ammunition dealers must report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person within any five consecutive business days.

At this time, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act is only a proposal, has not been introduced in the House nor the Senate, and it has no additional sponsors. Experts do not expect it to be formally introduced in the House and the White House has hinted that they would not support such a measure.

The other bill that has caused drawn firearms industry and enthusiast criticism is a proposed amendment to the Senate’s Cybersecurity Act of 2012, detailed here.

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  • 9Spoon9

    Manical, control-hungry freak’n, lying thug that he is…the Obamunist will support this…if they can get it past the House and Senate. The Jackal my try to issue an executive order which should be met with irreverence and full disregard from all ammo sales sources on the net. Can we “FAX” an order in? How about if we MAIL our order?
    We’ve got to keep fighting these clowns that wish only to serve under the NWO. Ain’t happening on my watch.

  • Smart Sok

    Buy ammo online, at gun show, or at a local store. What’s the difference? Ban it completely and people will buy from the trunks of back alley dealers. This is all because the Fed hasn’t figured out how to tax the sale of ammo online properly, just as with any other internet sales. No one is following the “use tax” that is supposed to make up for lost taxes from internet sales. How many filled that out this year? If you didn’t you’re setting yourself up for an audit. Ammo is one tax source they can go after easily because it falls under a different category.

  • AZsparrow

    This is dumb, if anything ammo purchased online is easier to track anyway if you think about it. You need a valid credit card, name, a shipping address, shipment delay, etc., etc. compared to cash and carry. Law enforcement can check a credit card purchase/history by anybody they want in a heartbeat compared to buying at a store with cash… they probably wish everybody did. Besides, a law like this won’t stop future wackos, only add more bureaucracy to us all… a useless knee-jerk reaction.

  • Wyodan

    We all know that this is yet another stupid sneaky way to erode our 2nd amendment rights. But do your representatives and senators? Make sure to let them know you are in opposition. The honest ones (yes I think there are a few) will actually listen and act according to the voters they are supposed to represent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ess/100000666571492 Dan Ess

    Depends where you buy the ammo from on-line, whether you pay state tax on it or not.