Connecticut senator wants background checks for ammunition buyers
January 8th, 2013
04:54 PM ET
2 years ago

Connecticut senator wants background checks for ammunition buyers

Washington (CNN) - In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, one of the state's senators announced Tuesday he will introduce legislation requiring background checks to buy ammunition.

"Ammunition is now the black hole in gun violence prevention," Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. Blumenthal said it is illegal to sell either guns or ammunition to certain groups of people including felons, the mentally ill and those who commit domestic violence. But under current law someone can buy bullets from a gun store without any review of the person's background.

During a conference call with reporters, Blumenthal said later this month he will introduce the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013. He said the legislation will also require a seller to alert law enforcement when a customer buys more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition during a five day period. In addition, the bill calls for a ban on Teflon-coated bullets and incendiary ammunition designed to ignite or explode on contact.

"There is no rational reason why a person can walk into a store, fill their shopping cart with hundreds of rounds of ammo, pay up, and walk out without so much as giving their name," said Blumenthal.

Blumenthal said ammunition background checks could be done through the FBI's National Instant Background Check system known as NICS, which currently runs checks on gun purchases. The Connecticut Democrat noted that the FBI has run more than 100 million background checks and prevented 700,000 people from buying guns.

Blumenthal said he plans to introduce other pieces of gun legislation in the future.

Blumenthal was asked why he is introducing legislation now rather than wait to see what proposals come out of the gun violence task force chaired by Vice President Joe Biden. He said his effort does not preclude a larger effort.

The senator said he is trying to keep faith with the people of Newtown and elsewhere who want action to combat gun violence


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Responsible Gunowner

    This is insane. What good are nails if you don't have a hammer? The only thing this and other gun laws will accomplish is create a BOOMING black market and make outlaws out of otherwise law abiding gun owners who have never hurt anyone (remember prohibition ????). It never ceases to amaze me how the most feverish anti-gun people in Washington (who BTW have taxpayer funded private security and often pack heat themselves...) feel this need to rule over us "surfs & subjects" who live in the REAL world. Most of them come from areas of our contry with the strictest gun regulations ALREADY on the books.... Yet they also have the HIGHEST gun violence stats... While those states with the LEAST restrictions have lower... and yet they just can't seem to piece it together??? Here's a thought... might have something to do with the chance of an ARMED RESPONSE during the attempt of a crime.
    Make no mistake folks... We have fallen through a wormhole folks and are now in BIZZARO WORLD!!!

    January 9, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  2. 82ndVet

    So, not only are we to be required to undergo a background check for buying a rifle, pistol, revolver........now we have to undergo an additional check each time we want to buy a 20 round box of ammo for our rifle or 50 round box of ammor for our pistol to go shoot at a public or private shooting range (these are the "normal" round counts for regular boxes of ammo)?

    Currently, due to the uproar of reinstating the Assualt Weapons Ban (which did not stop Columbine, or other instances), background checks are taking hours to complete. So add on top of that a requirement for Joe Blow to get a background check for his deer hunting rifle or his clay shooting shotgun each time they want to buy some more ammo to enjoy their lawfully owned weapon.

    To be profiecient with your weapon, you should shoot it at least once a month. And if your are only doing it once a month, you should at least fire 100 rounds, if not more.

    As my handle implies, I served my nation honorably in the 82nd Airborne Division with multiple combat deployments to Iraq. We shot our weapons (M4) roughly 2x a month, putting hundreds of rounds downrange each time. This was to ensure that we were comfortable with our weapons, were accurate, and able to fix malfunctions. This ensured that the weapon was basically just an extension of our own bodies.

    My point is......................I shoot alot of bullets. Its enjoyable, its good training, and its my right. Why should I have to wait anywhere from 10 minutes to hours for a background check to buy a box or two of ammo, when I have already undergone some type of investigation to buy a gun (yes I have my concealed carry)?

    You are not going to be able to legislate wakos from killing people. If there is anything I learned in Iraq, its that if someone is willing to die to harm others, there is very little you can do to stop them. They will strap a bomb onto their chest, or resort to mixing fertilizer and other substances to create an explosive to detonate under your vehicle.

    We already have hundreds to thousands of various gun laws on the books around the country.................. Just because you make something "illegal", doesnt mean the problem goes away. Murder, drugs, DUI/DWI, rape, and larceny are already against the law. But, yet, they still happen today.

    January 9, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  3. Scott

    Several gun owners are not NRA members but are union members. Democrats better think long and hard about what there asking for. They have pretty much sold the unions out. An attempt for restrictions on guns and ammo could be enough to sway union voters to the Republican party.

    January 9, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  4. DMG2FUN

    Why not background checks for buying gas. There are a lot of people driving cars without a license.

    January 9, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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