Demorat Senator Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut (no linkage, I’m sure), has said:
By Gary Fields
- Associated Press
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.) said he intends to introduce a bill this month that would require background checks for all purchases of ammunition, which he called the “black hole of gun violence prevention.”
Mr. Blumenthal said Tuesday that the bill would be in addition to background checks already required for firearms purchases from federally licensed dealers. Checks are run through a database maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that lists former felons, fugitives, those deemed mentally ill and others who are barred from possessing firearms or ammunition.
A felon who walks into a store to buy ammunition “can load an entire shopping cart, pay and walk out,” Mr. Blumenthal said. He said that sellers who are not federally licensed would have the checks run by a federally licensed dealer…
Though there is yet no text for the bill available to my knowledge, you can rest assured there will be limits on the amounts purchased overall, limits per-purchase, and limits within a period of time. Additionally, because of the background checks necessarily involved you may also rest assured that the length of time for said checks will be extended due to the greater number of them required.
But, good news! This will demand expansion of the government due to the additional number of federal drones to conduct these background checks, enabling each individual request to be rushed through committee in, oh, say, roughly six months.
A few immediate questions and issues come to mind:
- An ammo check is another step along the way in order to drive gun owners away from being gun owners;
- This will, by logical extension, eliminate the sales of ammunition over the internet;
- This will, by logical extension, create an underground black market for ammunition, a la the 18th Amendment;
- You will be pushing law-abiding citizens to potentially become law-breaking citizens;
- The Domino Principle: backgrounding ammo, registering ammo, limiting ammo purchases, individual stampings, minimizing pressures, minimizing grain, limiting home loader black powder purchases, available metals, limiting casings and of course, eliminating lead and disallowing loaders to alternates;
- Federal checks on ammunition storage: this would potentially require ammunition reports on said storage — is it secure? How secure? Where is it kept? How many rounds have you expended per week? Per month? Further: are you licensed?
- For example: as Rangemaster for my department, it was determined by my admin that we would accept surplus M-16s for de-tuning to semi-auto. I had to account for each and every part removed from each rifle, and had to keep said parts sealed and safe for any future federal audits. Because I took from the fed, I had to be accountable to the fed. The fed could step onto my range with no prior announcement and demand an audit for its weapons; further, it could demand all those rifles back at a moment’s notice, in their prior fully-auto condition. If I couldn’t provide, I was personally responsible.
- The Logical Extension: could federal representatives demand entry onto your premises, into your home, in order to determine the make, manner and fashion in which you store your ammunition? And could you be subject to immediate arrest if you are not in precise compliance?
This is the first step in order to ban ammunition wholesale which, then, would be used to ban firearms for the American citizen. This is a lawyer’s attempt to circumvent the Second Amendment. Make no mistake. What is the Constitutional objection?
I say: it isn’t the government’s business what I buy, how I buy, when I buy and how much I buy in terms of ammunition. These are privacy abrogations.
Let us also not forget this:
EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo Close To Announcing Sweeping New Gun Control Laws
Governor Working On Deal That Would Go After Assault Weapons, Magazines
January 8, 2013 6:47 PM
YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deal to give New York one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, sources said Tuesday, is hoping to announce the plan Wednesday during his State of the State speech in Albany.
The fuse is lighted. And the weight of government on every level is coming for your guns, your rights, your freedoms.
Not to mention all your cash via taxes.