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Gun control: Officials set sights on ammunition background checks

Posted By yihan On February 1, 2013 @ 9:55 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Peter Jamison
Tampa Bay Times [1]
February 1, 2013

Without bullets, slugs or shot, a gun is no deadlier than a steel club. But the question of how to keep firearms’ lethal projectiles out of the wrong hands has historically been a low priority for regulators more concerned about the guns themselves.

That could be changing. As the nation debates competing proposals to reduce gun violence, some law enforcement leaders and elected officials argue it’s time to examine an area they say is especially devoid of common sense regulation: the buying and selling of ammunition.

They say there is an obvious inconsistency in federal and state law. While it is illegal for certain classes of potentially dangerous people — such as felons and the mentally ill — to possess bullets, nobody’s checking. Ammunition buyers don’t have to undergo the background checks required of gun purchasers.

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[1] Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/gun-control-officials-set-sights-on-ammunition-background-checks/1273189

[2] California Senate Approves Background Checks, Permits and Fees for Ammunition Purchases: http://www.prisonplanet.com/california-senate-approves-background-checks-permits-and-fees-for-ammunition-purchases.html

[3] They Come For the Ammo: New Bill Would Require Background Checks for “Explosive Materials”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/they-come-for-the-ammo-new-bill-would-require-background-checks-for-%e2%80%9cexplosive-materials%e2%80%9d.html

[4] Why I totally support background checks… for members of Congress and the Obama administration: http://www.prisonplanet.com/why-i-totally-support-background-checks-for-members-of-congress-and-the-obama-administration.html

[5] Senate panel passes background checks for gun owners: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senate-panel-passes-background-checks-for-gun-owners.html

[6] Reid bill would require background checks to purchase black powder: http://www.prisonplanet.com/reid-bill-would-require-background-checks-to-purchase-black-powder.html

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