Most people think itâ€™s a good idea to keep guns and ammunition out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is a point-of-sale system for determining eligibility to purchase a firearm. Licensed gun dealers are required to use the NICS to determine if a buyer can legally purchase a gun. Federal law prohibits convicted felons, the mentally ill and dangerous persons from possessing both guns and ammunition. However, this law is not enforced for ammunition sales and these purchasers are not asked to pass background checks. Sellers of ammunition are unlicensed and are not required to keep sales records -as is required of gun dealers. Similarly, ammunition purchased online can be shipped directly to the purchaser. Safety advocates say we need to screen ammunition purchases for the same reasons we do for gun purchases. Gun advocates oppose any kind of background check that leads to a registration database which they claim could lead to gun confiscation.
S.174 – Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current ammunition background check policy and wish to defeat S.174
I support prohibiting a licensed firearms dealer from transferring ammunition to any other person who is not licensed unless: the licensee contacts the national instant criminal background check system, the system has provided the licensee with a unique identification number or three business days have elapsed and the system has not notified the licensee that receipt of a firearm by such person is prohibited, and the licensee has verified the transferee’s identity by examining a valid identification document containing a photograph of the transferee, and wish to pass S.174