June 5, 2015: H.R. 2283 – Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015

114th Congress:  Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman introduced this on May 12, 2015.  I’ll give you two guesses (but you only need one) which political party she affiliates with.  Another three guesses for which state she represents (Democrat from New Jersey, the other two guesses would have been New York and California). She has 30 co-sponsors from 13 states.  I am sorry to report three of them are from Florida (Reps. Castor, Frankel, and Hastings). 

From congress.gov:

Summary: H.R.2283 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)

There is one summary. Bill summaries are authored by CRS. (Congressional Research Service)

Shown Here: Introduced in House (05/12/2015)

Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015

Amends the federal criminal code to require the licensing of ammunition dealers.

Prohibits any person except a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer from: (1) selling ammunition, with an exception for a sale of ammunition to a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer; or (2) engaging in the business of importing or manufacturing ammunition, or in the course of such business, from shipping, transporting, or receiving ammunition. Prohibits a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer from: (1) transferring ammunition to a person unless the licensee, in the physical presence of the person, has verified the person’s identity by examining a valid identification document containing a photograph of such person; or (2) selling or delivering any ammunition (currently, any armor-piercing ammunition) to any person unless the licensee notes in his records the person’s name, age, and place of residence, if the person is an individual, or the person’s identity and principal and local places of business, if the person is a business entity.

Applies prohibitions applicable to the shipping or transport of firearms, and record-keeping requirements applicable to the importation, production, shipment, receipt, sale, or other disposition of firearms, to ammunition.

Requires each licensee to: (1) prepare a report of multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person at one time or during any five consecutive business days; and (2) forward such report to the specified office and to the department of state police, the state law enforcement agency, or the local law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction in which the sale took place by the close of business on the day the multiple sale occurs.

The effect of the bill is to license all sellers of ammunition.  Require sellers of ammunition to verify the identity of the buyer by examining a valid identification document.  I wonder if these same Democrats think it is OK to vote without ID.

The people who hand load and sell small batches will be required to get a license.  The same license required by firearms manufacturers.  Any sale of ammunition would be affected.  Like when you sell a buddy a 100 rounds of .22LR for what it cost you  because he doesn’t have any.  This is the Federal logic that prevents 18, 19, and 20 year olds from being able to buy a gun to keep in their homes to protect themselves.  If it was gifted to them that is OK. 

The in person face to face sale isn’t onerous enough, there are reporting requirements.  1,000 rounds at one time or within 5 days.  That report goes to the State agency of the local jurisdiction, not later than the close of business on the day that the multiple sale or other disposition occurs. 

I’m going to use 500 rounds in one NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home course with five students coming up in a few weeks.  The Monday morning after I’ll be looking to restock so I can hold another class.  1,000 rounds is only ten students taking this course.  For that I’ll be registered with the State as what?  A high volume purchaser, what kind of threat does Rep. Coleman think I represent?

If this piece of   legislation   actually gets passed, it will be amended next year to apply to components of ammunition.  That will shut down the majority of hand loaders.

This is another attempt to infringe American Citizens by imposing restrictive regulations.    

Rep. Coleman sites Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution as the authority for Congress to enact this bill. The “Commerce Clause”, which brought us the infamous “pass it to see what’s in it” Affordable Care Act.

“To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;”

Rep. Coleman and her co-conspirators are issuing legislation that does nothing to address illegal acts committed by criminals. There are legitimate reasons for persons to possess thousands of rounds of ammunition. While the unidentified mentally unstable are able to make the same purchases as every other law abiding Citizen.  Representatives of the Federal and some State governments are working to curtail Citizen’s ability to respond to violent criminal behavior.

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