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Bill to Require Background Checks for Ammo Purchases Introduced in Congress

March 27, 2018  | 

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On Monday, Connecticut U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) announced that they introduced the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2018. The proposed bill would require instant background checks for the sale of gun ammunition.

Right now under federal law, felons, domestic abusers or people who are deemed mentally dangerous are banned from buying a gun or ammunition. However, because federal law does not require a background check to buy ammunition, those people may slip through the cracks when they try to buy it. Blumenthal said this would fix that loop-hole.

“Ammunition checks serve all the same reasons as checks for purchases as guns. People who are dangerous to themselves or others, people who are in crisis, people who are convicted law breakers should undergo background checks,” Blumenthal said.

If the bill passes, the law would use the FBI’s Instant Background Check System, which is the same one used for firearms purchases, Fox 61 reports.

California will require background checks for ammunition buyers beginning July 1. New York also will soon require background checks for ammunition sales. Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey require background checks to obtain licenses to buy or possess ammunition.


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Jon Retired LEo @ 3/27/2018 8:18 PM

Here we go folks, the first step towards total confiscation.

Ernest @ 3/27/2018 9:22 PM

The instant background check system is not always quick. Some times it is down. Imagine what will happen when it gets 50 or 100 queries on ammunition for each gun check. It might take weeks to buy a box of 22/s so you can plink.

I wonder how many empty tomato soup can's that will save.

The big scare when Obama got elected is that he would restrict ammo since it was easier than taking away guns. Gun shops couldn't keep any ammo on the shelf. Prices on some went up 1000% because of no supply and big demand.

Our elected morons have lost touch with the people they are supposed to serve. I have yet to arrest a gun toting scumbag that bought his gun or ammo legally, unless you want to count trading meth for guns.

I would be willing to listen if they had a real original idea that had a chance of working. Until they do, they should let us do our jobs because we are the only solution available right now.

ssc1911 @ 3/28/2018 2:35 AM

I agree with Jon Retired LEo. This is one more law the anti gunners will have and use to further erode the Second Amendment. This is absurd and the two sponsors of this bill mentioned in this article are anti gun. It is another knee jerk reaction to the Parkland, Fl . shooting last month, which was a tragedy. The main problem with the Parklnad shooting is many agencies prior to the shooting knew about Nikolas Cruz and how he was acting, nothing was done. Now sadly law abiding gun owneres are being punished. Here in Nj they just passed a bunch of anti gun laws which will probaly be voted into law soon. The clown NJ Governor is more than willing to sign these bills, he's proudly progressive. The anti gun pols and groups use these tragedies tompass more laws that don't do anything. Sadly we are becoming more of a Socilaist Country, Blumenthal and Wasserman Schulz are very much part of the problem, as ae the others who like like them. They arew SUBVERISVES

Skiman94 @ 3/28/2018 8:06 AM

It was discovered that Broward County was using an Obama justice department program that the sheriff bought into. The program (I forgot the name) would select high risk students and instead of filing charges on them, would give them counseling with no charges filed. Had they let nature take its course, 17 kids and teachers would still be alive.

Grey Bear @ 3/28/2018 2:37 PM

Kinda like one of Illinois' state reps introduced a bill last year that, had it been passed, would have required all projectiles, whether in loaded rounds of loose and sold for reloading, have an individual serial number. Some of these moonbats just have no concept of reality.

Jon REtired LEO @ 3/28/2018 3:24 PM

Skiman94 good comment especially with the line Obama justice department program says it all.

HighPlainsTeacher @ 4/6/2018 10:45 AM

The FBI background check has done such a bang-up (pardon the pun) job of keeping guns away from mass killers, surely it will work for ammunition!

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