From The Blaze:
Thirty-one House Democrats have proposed legislation that would prevent people from buying ammunition online, and would instead require all purchases to be made in person — a change they admit is aimed at preventing people from buying “unlimited” ammunition over the Internet.
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, from freshman Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), would also require all ammo dealers to be licensed by the government, and require bulk ammo purchases to be reported to the government.
Coleman said in a Facebook post that the bill would “better track and regulate the unlimited market for ammunition currently available on the Internet.”
One of the bill’s cosponsors, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), said in his own Facebook post that limiting ammunition is one of the best ways to curb gun violence.
“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” he wrote. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”
“Reforming the unregulated online ammo market could prevent next gun tragedy,” he said.
Like any other issue, Democrats see something that they haven’t regulated out of existence, and their first instinct is to regulate it out of existence.
Personally, I love buying ammo on the Internet – if the ammunition I’m looking for isn’t available at Wal-Mart or one of the local gun/sporting goods stores where I like to shop, I can probably find it online. If the price jumps because the government starts buying up all of the ammo, I can go online and comparison-shop, so I can make sure I’m getting a good price.
The big question about just how “common sense” this measure is: who will a law like this effect?
Chances are that gangbangers and other criminal elements aren’t jumping online to buy bulk ammunition with a credit card (unless they’re incredibly stupid). They’re going to be making cash purchases in brick-and-mortar stores…and if they know ammo purchases above a certain threshold will require reporting to the federal government, they’ll start purchasing just enough to get around that requirement – a criminal gang will be able to send several people to buy ammo, thereby dodging the reporting requirement.
The two groups most likely to be effected are, firstly, legal gun owners who will no longer be able to find good deals on ammo on the Internet, and secondly, lawful competition shooters who purchase large amounts of ammunition as a matter of course, for both practice and events, and under this law could very well be facing investigation by the Department of Homeland Security because the government feels they purchased too much ammunition.
What’s more, requiring businesses to register in order to sell ammunition will drive ammo prices up, placing an even greater burden on lawful gun owners.
Yet again, the Democrats are proposing a measure that is practically tailor-made to punish the law abiding, while doing nothing to stop crime.