Monday, February 2, 2009

Ammunition Accountability Act: The Latest Attack On The Right To Bear Arms

A new and far sneakier method of gutting the second amendment is now being attempted. The proposed bill, which is in legislatures in eighteen states is called Ammunition Accountability legislation.

The Patriot Network describes the legislation as follows.

"Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009 unless the ammunition is coded.
Any privately held uncoded ammunition must be destroyed by July 1, 2011.
(Including hand loaded ammo.)

They will also charge a .05 cent tax on every round so every box of ammo you buy will go up at
least $2.50 or more! If they can deprive you of ammo they do not need to take your gun!
All eyes are diverted on talk radio topics, bailouts, television entertainments/news/propaganda,
while state level legislatures are placing the Second Amendment into a grave."




The proposed legislation would open the door to taxing the sale of ammunition to death. Instead of a head on attack on gun ownership, It would lay the groundwork for making ammunition unavailable, thereby potentially creating the same practical effect as a ban on guns. A sample of the legislation is reprinted below. It is in front of the Arizona House of Representatives and comes from the Arizona House web site


HB 2833
- 1 -
1 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
2 Section 1. Title 41, chapter 12, article 5, Arizona Revised Statutes,
3 is amended by adding section 41-1772, to read:
4 41-1772. Ammunition coding system database; sale of ammunition;
5 tax; fund; civil penalty; violation; classification;
6 definition
7 A. BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2009, A MANUFACTURER SHALL CODE ALL HANDGUN
8 AND ASSAULT WEAPON AMMUNITION THAT IS MANUFACTURED OR SOLD IN THIS STATE.
9 THIS SECTION APPLIES TO ALL CALIBERS.
10 B. BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2011, A PRIVATE CITIZEN OR A RETAIL VENDOR
11 SHALL DISPOSE OF ALL NONCODED AMMUNITION THAT IS OWNED OR HELD BY THE CITIZEN
12 OR VENDOR.
13 C. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN AN AMMUNITION CODING
14 SYSTEM DATABASE CONTAINING A MANUFACTURER REGISTRY AND A VENDOR REGISTRY.
15 D. A MANUFACTURER SHALL:
16 1. REGISTER WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE
17 DEPARTMENT BY RULE.
18 2. MAINTAIN RECORDS ON THE BUSINESS PREMISES FOR AT LEAST SEVEN YEARS
19 CONCERNING ALL SALES, LOANS AND TRANSFERS OF AMMUNITION TO, FROM OR WITHIN
20 THIS STATE.
21 3. ENCODE AMMUNITION PROVIDED FOR RETAIL SALE FOR REGULATED FIREARMS
22 IN A MANNER THAT THE DIRECTOR ESTABLISHES SO THAT:
23 (a) THE BASE OF THE BULLET AND THE INSIDE OF THE CARTRIDGE CASING OF
24 EACH ROUND IN A BOX OF AMMUNITION ARE CODED WITH THE SAME SERIAL NUMBER.
25 (b) EACH SERIAL NUMBER IS ENGRAVED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT IS HIGHLY
26 LIKELY TO PERMIT IDENTIFICATION AFTER AMMUNITION DISCHARGE AND BULLET IMPACT.
27 (c) THE OUTSIDE OF EACH BOX OF AMMUNITION IS LABELED WITH THE NAME OF
28 THE MANUFACTURER AND THE SAME SERIAL NUMBER USED ON THE CARTRIDGE CASINGS AND
29 BASES OF BULLETS CONTAINED IN THE BOX.
30 4. PAY THE TAX LEVIED BY SUBSECTION I OF THIS SECTION.
31 E. A MANUFACTURER SHALL NOT LABEL AMMUNITION CONTAINED IN ONE
32 AMMUNITION BOX WITH THE SAME SERIAL NUMBER AS THE AMMUNITION CONTAINED IN
33 ANOTHER AMMUNITION BOX THAT IS PRODUCED BY THE SAME MANUFACTURER.
34 F. A VENDOR SHALL:
35 1. REGISTER WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE
36 DEPARTMENT BY RULE.
37 2. RECORD THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN A FORMAT PRESCRIBED BY THE
38 DEPARTMENT:
39 (a) THE DATE OF THE TRANSACTION.
40 (b) THE NAME OF THE PURCHASER.
41 (c) THE PURCHASER'S DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER OR OTHER GOVERNMENT ISSUED
42 IDENTIFICATION CARD NUMBER.
43 (d) THE DATE OF BIRTH OF THE PURCHASER.
44 (e) THE UNIQUE IDENTIFIER OF ALL HANDGUN AMMUNITION OR BULLETS
45 TRANSFERRED.

Police are paid to be one step ahead of criminals by anticipating their actions. I visited a police web site to hear their professional opinion of what the effect of this legislation could be and what might be some possible pitfalls. They raise chilling possibilities. One police officer comments as follows.

Today during work I was discussing with a friend my fear that once the anti-2A lobby realizes that they aren't going to achieve a nationwide ban on guns that they'll go after ammunition. Basically saying "Sure, have your guns if you want, but we aren't going to let you have bullets or the materials to make them". The legal argument being that while firearms may be protected under the second ammendment, the ownership of bullets ISN'T. Thus, esentially banning guns by making them useless hunks of metal with nothing to fire from.

Apparently, there actually is a group that is way ahead of me on this one. They're advocating legislation named "ammunition accountability". What they want is for ammunition manufacturers to laser etch a "secret code" onto the back of bullets. Whenever someone buys that ammunition their information plus the secret code will be logged into a database. That way if they decide to commit a crime with the bullets that person can be linked to the crime via the database.

http://www.ammunitionaccountability.org/

So far 11 states have introduced "ammunition accountability" legislation.

My favorite line is from the front page:
Quote:
"Then when a potential criminal purchases a box of 9mm cartridges..."
I know criminals are stupid, but how many would really go out and buy ammunition they KNOW will link them to a crime? I think it might just be possible that a criminal will go about finding an ILLEGAL way to come into posession of such coded ammunition.

By bullet I'm not sure if they mean the casing or the actual projectile, but if these codes are going to be etched onto the casing then you better start collecting your brass at the gun range if your state passes this garbage. I would hate for someone to make some reloads from my brass and then frame me for a murder or robbery.

So there ya go... if we can't get rid of the guns lets get rid of the bullets. I wonder how these laws would hold up in court. Not well, hopefully.

This legislation is a stepping stone to disarming the citizenry. Criminals already have ways to get around it. One comment by a police officer discussing the legislation is particularly apt.

"I vote for eliminating the people that need to be shot... then I wouldn't need bullets... or a gun."

Another officer adds, "Let me see, criminal deface firearm serial numbers, so what makes them think they won't do that to the bullets or better yet what if they steal the gun and ammo in a burglary, it still doesn't match them to the gun or ammo. The police would have no way of knowing if this criminal stole the gun or used it in a crime, thus you come back to where we are now, you charge him with possession. So where does that put these gun lobbyists any farther ahead, it doesn't, it just means that someone was caught with a stolen firearm and it had etched bullets. These lobbyists are playing with themselves."

The dangers of this badly conceived and disingenuous legislation are obvious. It should be opposed by all who support our constitution and the freedoms of our citizens.

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83210

http://www.examiner.com/x-2684-Law-Enforcement-Examiner~y2009m1d27-Lawmakers-seek-new-gun-legislation-Ammo-control-laws
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