May 26th, 2015

Federal Legislation Restricting Online Ammo Sales Introduced

H.R. 2283 Ammunition online sales ban legislation congress Bonnie Coleman

Earlier this month, U.S. Representative Bonnie Coleman (D-N.J.) introduced a new bill, H.R. 2283, that would restrict online ammo sales. Coleman’s legislation, dubbed the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015″, would not ban online sales outright, but it would impose many restrictions and set up a Federal tracking system to “watch” ammo buyers. While H.R. 2283 would not cap the quantity of ammo someone could purchase, the legislation would impose numerous barriers to sale. Most notably, buyers would have to supply identification in person before the product could be shipped.

READ FULL TEXT of H.R. 2283 Restricting Online Ammo Sales

Cheaper Than Dirt (CTD), a major online vendor of ammo and gun supplies, says that, under H.R. 2283, ammo would have to be sent to a registered dealer, rather that directly to the buyer. The “Devil is in the Details” says analyst David Dolbee, writing in the CTD Shooters’ Log:

ID Required for Ammo Purchases
If passed and signed into law, H.R. 2283 would force you to submit a photo ID, in-person, every time you made an ammunition purchase. Because you cannot show ID in person online, your order would have to be shipped to an ‘authorized dealer’. Essentially, this would mean your ammunition would be received by a local gun store and have its receiving fee tacked on.

Bill Would Create Federal ‘Watch-List’ of Ammo Purchasers
Another provision of H.R. 2283 states anyone purchasing more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition in a five-day period would be reported to the U.S. Attorney General. The bill does not specify how the information would then be used. However, the data would be stored in a database maintained by the Department of Justice. Perhaps the government has failed at a national gun registry, but this is an attempt to compile a list in other ways? H.R. 2283 would also require all ammunition sellers to be federally licensed. How this would affect your ability to reload a few rounds and sell them to your buddy or split a group-buy … is unknown.”

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