The gun control advocates just can’t exploit the shooting in Aurora enough. First Schumer puts for an Amendment to a cyber security bill that would prohibit the transfer of magazines with a capacity greater than 10-rounds and now Lautenberg is putting forth legislation to ban online ammunition sales:
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act works through four components:
· It requires anyone selling ammunition to be a licensed dealer.
· It requires ammunition buyers who are not licensed dealers to present photo identification at the time of purchase, effectively banning the online or mail order purchase of ammo by regular civilians.
· It requires licensed ammunition dealers to maintain records of the sale of ammunition.
· It requires licensed ammunition dealers to report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person within any five consecutive business days.
I wonder if my curios and relics federal firearms license (C&R) qualifies me as a dealer (I know I can get dealer discounts as several online firearm retailers)? If it does this legislation is so easily bypassed that it’s not even worth talking about. Even if a C&R doesn’t qualify somebody as a dealer I’m still not sure what the point of this legislation is supposed to be. Effectively it merely has the to potential make somebody wait a little longer to obtain large quantities of ammunition, and that’s only if they care about their purchase being reported. I’m also not sure where Lautenberg came up with the claim that online ammunition sales are anonymous:
U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4) and advocates from the gun safety community announced new legislation being introduced this week to make the sale of ammunition safer for law-abiding Americans who are sick and tired of the ease with which criminals can now anonymously stockpile for mass murder.
When you purchase ammunition online you must have it shipped somewhere and it must be paid for in some manner, almost always with a credit or debit card. I’m not sure if Lautenberg is aware of this but credit and debit cards are generally tied to a person’s name, address, and social security number. To say online purchases are anonymous is misleading at best. Then again I shouldn’t expect honesty from a politician, they lie for a living.