Dem Rep Watson Coleman wants to pass ammunition control

The Trentonian“There are plenty of ways we monitor the purchase of firearms but when it comes to ammunition, regulation seems to stop,” Watson Coleman said at a press conference Monday joined by local leaders at the Serenity Garden in Trenton, the first time she has proposed legislation in her district. “There is nothing keeping an individual intending to commit a large-scale atrocity from rapidly and anonymously stockpiling the needs to do so.”

I think the fact that she is proposing legislation in her district is an acknowledgement that it will never pass and that she is doing it for local political support rather than actually hoping it will pass Congress, or even for national media attention. This is strictly a pander-to-the-local-voters move.

That said, she's now on the record supporting:

The TrentonianThe legislation would require federally licensed ammunition dealers to confirm the identity of online buyers by verifying a picture I.D. in-person after a purchase is made. The bill would also require ammunition sellers to report sales of more than 1,000 rounds across five consecutive days to the attorney general if the individual is not a dealer, she said.

If she thinks this will actually stop mass shooters, she's nuts. Showing ID is easy and basically none of the people who have committed mass murder would have a problem doing that. (They might have a problem passing a background check, but her legislation would not require one, and there are ways of getting around the background checks for firearms that would work equally well for ammunition). Further, the only people she will catch with her 1,000-round notification requirement are serious shooters who go through that amount of ammunition regularly; someone planning a mass shooting can easily shock the nation and get on TV with under a hundred rounds. With careful aim they could do it with a 6-shot revolver and have a round left over for the suicide shot.

If it actually passes, the only thing this will accomplish is to provide the government with a list of people who shoot more than 1,000 rounds on a regular basis and don't mind the government knowing about it. The ones who do mind will be trivially able to stay off the list without breaking any laws.

Oh, and it will effectively shut down online ammunition says, which will create a whole new set of ways to annoy gun owners and make their hobby more expensive. Undoubtedly the data will also be fed into the government panopticon, too.

This entry was published Sun Jun 28 11:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-06-28 11:03:45.0. [Tweet]

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