Jan 152015
 

Most people think it’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.

Pending Legislation:

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

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

Federal law defines armor-piercing (AP) ammunition as any handgun ammunition that is capable of penetrating soft body armor. It has been illegal to manufacture, import or sell this type of ammunition for use by ordinary citizens for many years. This law has mostly been applied to small-caliber AP ammunition made specifically for handguns. However, nearly all rifle ammunition is also capable of penetrating soft body armor even if it is not technically classified as armor piercing. Weapons manufacturers are now making handguns that use rifle ammunition. The .223 caliber, used in many of our “assault” style weapons such as the M-16 is an example of this type of dual-use ammunition. Police departments are worried these handguns will endanger the lives of their officers. They say that defeating body armor is the primary purpose of these weapons since handguns are incapable of accurately shooting the distance of a rifle. They also say that it has been 27 years since Congress passed a bill to protect our men in blue from “cop-killer” ammunition. Others say that since body armor is readily available to all, civilians need these weapons for self defense. Some are also concerned that prohibiting handguns that use rifle ammunition could lead to restrictions on rifle ammunition itself.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.2566 – To modify the definition of armor piercing ammunition to better capture its capabilities

I oppose reforming current armor piercing ammunition policy and wish to defeat H.R.2566

I support expanding the definition of armor piercing ammunition to include rifle ammunition used in handguns, and wish to pass H.R.2566

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

A firearm magazine is an ammunition storage and feeding device within or attached to a repeating firearm. The term “high capacity” magazine is often used to describe magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. These include the box, drum, rotary and horizontal magazines. Many gun safety advocates claim there is no legitimate reason for these devices since they are rarely needed for hunting or target shooting. They wish to prohibit these devices -which are often used by mass-shooters. They claim the number of bullets these killers can fire before needing to reload can determine the degree of carnage that results from the assault. Opponents are not so sure reducing the size of magazines would reduce causalities. They claim several recent mass-shooters did not use high capacity magazines -they just brought more guns and magazines along with them. They also say that aside from mass shootings, most homicides are committed using far fewer than 10 rounds. For this reason, they claim a high capacity magazine ban would not have a measurable effect on our murder rate.

Pending Legislations:

S.691 – High-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban of 2013

H.R.138: Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

I oppose reforming current high capacity magazine policy and wish to defeat S.691 & H.R.138

I support prohibiting the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. Defines a “large capacity ammunition feeding device” to: mean a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has an overall capacity of, or that can be readily changed to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition; and exclude an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition, and wish to pass S.691 & H.R.138

 Posted by at 12:00 am