Ten days after the horrible killing spree of orange haired wannabe lunatic James Holmes in Aurora Colorado, the first gun control bill has been thrown into the ring. The subject of the bill: online ammunition sales.
Holmes, the holder of a master's degree and until a few months prior a medical student, legally purchased a number of firearms locally as well as 6000 rounds of ammunition via the internet.
The sponsors of the bill, Democratic Senators Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York today announced what they call the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act. The bill, if approved and signed by the President, will require ammunition sellers to have an FFL, and buyers to present a valid State-issued ID at purchase. This actually is not revolutionary and is often done already voluntarily. However, what would be new is a mandate to track all purchases and report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition by a single buyer in a five-day period. This of course opens the back door to a central gun-database of legal gun owners, something long fought against by Second Amendment advocates since 1775.
Both McCarthy and Lautenberg have a long history of both successful and unsuccessful gun control legislation. The senator is possibly best known for the act that carries his name, the Lautenberg Act, which limits sales and permitting of firearms to those with domestic abuse charges. It is thought that Lautenberg will try to force the bill onto the Senate floor by attaching it to other legislation, but is also seen as unlikely to pass according to unnamed aides mentioned in an MSNBC article. However, if it does according to an article from the Huffington Post President Obama will 'evaluate' the bill. The article goes on to quote a White House staffer as saying ""The president's views that have been relayed quite frequently over the last few days, he said that he believes in the Second Amendment of the Constitution and the right to bear arms," Earnest said. "But he also believes we should take robust steps within existing law to ensure that guns don't fall into the hands of criminals or others who shouldn't have them."
The act, even if it passes, is likewise unlikely to affect real change other than add another layer of increasing legislation and compliance to the United States legal and healthy Second Amendment community. Many recreational shooters have long turned to the internet to shop for the best ammo deals at popular websites like The Shooters Guide, Lucky Ammo, Cheaper than Dirt, and others. With the bad economy, every penny counts and if you can save a dollar on a box of already expensive .223 or 40S&W with a few clicks of a mouse, it makes sense.
Of course, if you feel strongly about it, contact your local Congressional delegation and talk to them about it.