The only place you will be able to buy ammunition would be from a store if two Democrats in the US House of Representatives get their way. A new bill, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, essentially would ban the purchase of ammunition online.
Under the bill, a person could buy ammo online, but they’d need to pick it up at federally licensed gun dealer with a photo ID. The Act also will require vendors to report anyone who purchases more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition within five days to the US Attorney General – essentially creating a list of those who stockpile ammo.
“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,” US Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-New Jersey) told The Hill.
The Act was introduced by Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey) and cosponsored by Pallone and US Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-New Jersey).
Attempt To Ban Guns?
Gun rights leaders said supporters have ulterior motives.
“Online ammunition sales are a staple of modern gun ownership in the United States, providing cheaper means of obtaining the life blood of the sport and enabling even those in remote areas to keep their firearms well fed,” said Nick Leghorn at TheTruthAboutGuns.com. “… [The bill is] an obvious move on the part of gun control activists: If they can’t go after the guns, then they sure as heck will try to choke off the supply of ammo and kill the gun culture that way.”
Republicans control both the House and the US Senate, so the bill faces an uphill climb. It has the support of 31 House Democrats, The Blaze reported.
“Reforming the unregulated online ammo market could prevent the next gun tragedy,” Pallone stated on his Facebook page.
At a news conference, Pallone noted that the Aurora, Colorado, shooter had “6,000 round of ammunition.”
“Just thinking about that, it boggles the mind,” Pallone said.
Leghorn, though, said gun hobbyists often have thousands of rounds of ammo.
“Rep. Pallone has no concept of the throughput of the average American shooter,” Leghorn wrote. “I’ve got 6,000 rounds of .22lr in my closet collecting dust, and that isn’t even starting to break open the cases of 5.56 NATO or 9mm ammo. Shooting with any kind of regularity, you burn through thousands of rounds on a regular basis.”
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