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Will the U.S. Government Ban the Sale of Ammo Online?

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Ammunition has been in short supply in recent months, and it could be well into the second half of the year or even later until supply is able to meet demand.

Strong sales of firearms in the past year since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, as well as a slowdown in production as many suppliers were forced to shutter during last year’s stay-at-home orders, have led to empty shelves.

Ammo Sales Online: RIP? 

Many consumers have taken to regularly shopping from their computers and mobile devices instead, and while many websites are also selling out as fast as inventory is posted, the days of online ammo sales could be coming to an end.

It could also spell the end of private sales of ammunition.

House Resolution (H.R.) 1207 – Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2021 – was introduced earlier this year by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.). It would require a fare-to-face purchase of ammunition, require licensing of “ammunition dealers” and require reporting of bulk purchases of ammunition.

According to the wording of the bill, “bulk purchases” would include the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person at one time or during any five consecutive business days.

The bill, which has thirteen Democratic co-sponsors, has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

According to Skopos Labs, a New York analytics firm of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers, and data engineers, there is only a one percent chance the bill would be enacted. This is because it would still need to be sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote, and then be passed by the Senate before being sent to the President’s desk. It is unlikely even if it gets a floor vote in the House that the Senate Republicans would support the measure.

At this point, the bill may be more about the publicity it can give both sides.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) posted on social media, “I have complete confidence that President Biden will take gun violence seriously and will work to enact common sense gun legislation into law.”

Fellow South Carolina native Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham counted, “Any effort to unconstitutionally restrict gun ownership, I will fight. Any effort to deny people the ammunition to have a gun, I will fight.”

Currently, six states regulate ammunition sales and require purchasers to pass a background check or have a state-issued firearms license or permit to purchase ammunition. California is among the states that currently has such restrictions in place.

It is also worth noting, as Guns.com reported, that such tracking has been in place previously. The Gun Control Act of 1968 actually required all ammunition sales, including rimfire ammunition, to be logged into a bound book kept by the seller.

However, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) found such practices to be of little value to law enforcement. The record-keeping was repealed in 1986 by Congress as part of the Firearms Owners Protection Act.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Kevthepope

    April 13, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Of course if you are somewhere remote, where you can’t just drive down to the local store or wal-mart, it’s an issue, but some clown in NJ puts it in as a fed measure, and for what? What’s it going to do? Not one of these folks is looking at what the real headliner is- large scale shootings by demented people, and no mental health issues bills proposed. No billions for helping the mental ill and PTSD? How bout shifting some of that shady “research” $$ given to select special universities instead go to helping the mentally ill? more people die from suicide of various types than your mass shootings, let’s cut to the problem. As for gang violence and city shootings, to quote the idiot in the White House- “Come on Man”…. They get those guns off illegal dealers, and if the US were to ban legal owners from buying them, they’d simply get them in by the crate from war zones and shipped by organized crime, so only the organized criminals like gangs and such would have them. The kid shot in Minnesota last week, think he got his .45 semi at WalMart at 17 years old? Yeah, think again.

  2. ClifraJones

    April 14, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Gun control never has anything to do with crime and everything to do with controlling the population. Controlling ammo is a slight of hand measure to prevent legal gun owners from using their guns.

    Gun control and “Defund the Police” is all about creating so much chaos that the regular populous cannot resist so that the Left can institute a Federal Police Force. Which will become the Democrat parties Stasi!

  3. Paul J Maione

    August 30, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Well said!!!!

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