Democratic lawmakers are pushing for stricter regulations on ammunition sales. In late January, they proposed the “Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2023”, or H.R. 584. This bill would require ammunition dealers to obtain updated licenses and confirm the identity of any customer attempting to purchase ammunition. It would also block online sales and require retailers to report bulk purchases of over 1,000 rounds to a single customer.
As legislators, it is not our job to mourn. It is our job to take ACTION to build a better, brighter, safer America.
I just reintroduced my Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act because I will not stand idly by in the face of tragedy.https://t.co/uJvwFIx0qP
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) January 26, 2023
Leading the charge is New Jersey Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, who is backed by Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety. In a statement, she expressed her frustration with the lack of action from Republicans on gun safety policies. She said that such policies should not have to wait for tragedies like Las Vegas and Colorado Springs to be considered, and that there are people burying family members every day in cities across America due to gun violence.
Fenix Ammunition, a small, family-owned company that manufactures ammunition in the United States, responded to the proposed bill. Justin Nazaroff, the CEO of Fenix Ammunition, said that they were not surprised that lawmakers were targeting ammunition sales. He believes that any efforts to restrict ammunition sales at the Federal level will be struck down in the post-Bruen era. He also mentioned the Brady Campaign’s lawsuit against an online ammo reseller after the Colorado movie theater shooting, which resulted in the Brady Campaign’s clients being forced to pay a $111,000 bill and declare personal bankruptcy.
The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2023 is still in its early stages and has yet to be voted on. If passed, it could have a major impact on the sale of ammunition across the country. It is unclear how it would affect retailers and customers alike, but it is clear that this bill is a major step towards gun control reform.
Representative Watson Coleman has yet to respond to requests for comment on the proposed bill. It remains to be seen whether or not this bill will pass, but it is sure to spark debate among citizens and lawmakers alike.
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