Should Congress require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, licensing ammunition dealers, and reporting bulk purchases of ammunition?

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Bill Summary

This bill seeks to require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition. Sponsor: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (Democrat, New Jersey 12th District) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

  "Every time that there’s an incident like this, the people who don’t want to protect the Second Amendment use it as an excuse to further erode Second Amendment rights. I no longer believe the goal of people who want to erode our rights, little by little, is to just affect or tweak our rights. I now believe that their ultimate goal is to abolish our rights." Source: Sen. Cynthia Lummis (Republican, Wyoming)

  "Right now, there is a shortage of ammunition. Normally, this shelf would be full, like full full. There would be ammo on the floor. None of this makes any sense, from a logical perspective, so to really understand it. I believe that this type of legislation is being conducted out of fear, and it’s a basic human emotion. People hate what they fear and fear what they can’t understand." Source: Jason Mele (Upstate Armory Group)

Proponents say

  "Day in and day out men and women lose their lives at the hands of gun violence and the only response from Republicans has been moments of silence and continued inaction. Gun safety policies shouldn’t have to wait for tragedies like Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and Uvalde to be considered;  we also owe it to mothers, fathers and siblings burying family members every day in Trenton, Plainfield and other cities across America. Several of my colleagues and I have introduced commonsense legislation that, if enacted, would reduce gun violence and the tragic impact it has on our communities. The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act is one step in the right direction to slowing the proliferation of guns and ammunition. Americans did not send us to Washington to mourn them when it is our job to do everything we can as federal legislators to protect them." Source: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (Democrat, New Jersey, District 12)

  "Mass shootings are not going to stop on their own. We’ve been living with this scourge of violence for so many years as assault weapons and enormous amounts of ammunition continue to fall into the hands of diabolical people. We cannot keep waiting for the next mass shooting. I thank Congresswoman Watson Coleman for her leadership and am proud to co-lead this effort to protect innocent lives of men, women, and children going forward." Source: Rep. Kweisi Mfume (Democrat, Maryland, District 7)