Sunday, December 07, 2008

Ammunition Accountability Act: Public Safety Legislation Or Backdoor Gun Control?

Upon visiting the Newsnet14 website, I discovered a story about a proposed piece of legislation called the Ammunition Accountability Act. This is not Federal legislation; instead, a number of states are proposing to pass their respective versions of the Act, based upon model legislation presented HERE. There has been surprisingly little media coverage, with the only stories I could find posted by the Ithaca (NY) Journal and the Mountain Home (ID) News.

The Ammunition Accountability Act is being promoted by a group called Ammunition Accountability, replete with the cutesy-poo slogan, "Saving lives one bullet at a time". They bill themselves as a group of ammunition coding technology supporters, including gun crime victims, industry representatives, law enforcement, public officials, public policy experts, and more. Their purpose is to promote legislation to make ammunition coding technology a reality.

What is ammunition coding technology? Ammunition coding technology works by laser etching the back of each bullet with an alpha-numeric serial number. Then when a potential criminal purchases a box of 9mm cartridges, the box of ammunition and the bullets’ coding numbers would be connected to the purchaser in a statewide database. When a bullet is found at a crime scene, the code on the bullet can be read with a simple magnifying glass and then be run through a statewide database to determine who purchased the ammunition and where, providing a valuable investigative lead.

Sounds efficient and innocuous, doesn't it? Not so fast. A number of groups have already raised objections to it. Opponents taking a stand against it include ALIPAC,,,,, and OhioCCWForums. There's even robust debate taking place on DemocraticUnderground, which normally is a cheering section for Democrats. One common objection is that any criminal who wishes to get past this could either re-load their own, or modify the round before use, or steal ammo.

Examination of the model legislation explains the objections. This legislation is burdensome and bureaucratic. It will make ammunition more costly and difficult to deal with. It's a way to hinder the right to bear arms by going after the ammon rather than the gun. It can be interpreted as another stepping stone towards gun control. And if that's not enough to convince you, don't forget that the incoming Obama Administration has a low regard for the Second Amendment.

In particular, Obama's Attorney General nominee Eric Holder is a notorious gun-grabber. As deputy attorney general in the Bill Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001, Holder advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a three-day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called "assault weapons" by anyone under age 21, a gun show restriction bill that would have given the federal government the power to shut down all gun shows, and national gun registration.

It is up to us to stop it. Please take action now to stop this nonsense!

Here are a list of states with proposed legislation in the works (fortunately, Alaska is NOT on the list):

Alabama: Alabama Senate Bill 541
Arizona: Arizona House Bill 2833
California: California Senate Bill 997 (Carried Over from 2007)
Connecticut: Connecticut Senate Bill 603
-- Hawaii House Bill 2392
-- Hawaii Senate Bill 2020
-- Hawaii Senate Bill 2076
-- Hawaii House Resolution 82-07 (Carried Over from 2007)
-- Hawaii Concurrent Resolution 104-06 (Carried Over from 2007)
-- Illinois House Bill 4258
-- Illinois House Bill 4259
-- Illinois House Bill 4269
-- Illinois House Bill 4349
-- Illinois Senate Bill 1095 (Carried Over from 2007)
Indiana: Indiana House Bill 1260
Kentucky: Kentucky House Bill 715
Maryland: Maryland House Bill 517
Mississippi: Mississippi Senate Bill 2286
Missouri: Missouri Senate Bill 1200
New Jersey: New Jersey Assembly Bill 2490
New York:
-- New York Assembly Bill 10259
-- New York Assembly Bill 6920 (Carried Over from 2007)
-- New York Assembly Bill 7300 (Carried Over from 2007)
-- New York Senate Bill 1177 (Carried Over from 2007)
-- New York Senate Bill 3731 (Carried Over from 2007)
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania House Bill (save the file, then change the extension to PDF and open it with your PDF viewer)
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Senate Bill 2742
South Carolina: South Carolina Senate Bill 1259
-- Tennessee House Bill 3245
-- Tennessee Senate Bill 3395
Washington: Washington House Bill 3359

Contact your state lawmakers to put a stop to this legislation.

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