On November 2, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, as well as U.S. Representatives Robert Garcia of California and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida introduced the Ammunition Modernization and Monitoring Oversight Act to help compensate for the “lack of regulation on ammunition sales in Congress.”
The bill would require businesses selling ammunition to obtain the same federal licenses gun dealers are required to have, impose restrictions on bulk ammunition sales, mandate licensing requirements for ammunition vendors, and conduct background checks for all potential buyers.
Currently, there are no such requirements regarding license possession prior to selling ammunition or record-keeping/data-sharing regulations in place.
“We have a moral responsibility to treat gun violence in this country like the crisis it is,” Warren said, according to the news release from her office.
“The Ammunition Modernization and Monitoring Oversight (AMMO) Act is a common-sense step to restrict ammunition sales, strengthen federal oversight of those sales, and help end the epidemic of gun violence in America,” the senator said.
The AMMO Act seeks to implement a policy that is already in effect at the state level in California.
According to Breitbart News, ammunition can only be purchased from approved vendors and background checks are required for purchases within the state.
Out-of-state ammunition purchases are prohibited as well.
If passed, this act would formalize existing policy in California and make it a federal law.
“The bottom line is no individual should be buying bulk amounts of ammunition without a federal background check from places like gas stations, pharmacies, and convenience stores – especially without any sort of regulation and no record of the sale,” Garcia said.
Gun violence is a national epidemic that requires a national solution, yet there are essentially no federal regulations governing the sales of ammunition. @SenWarren and I are changing that with the AMMO Act. pic.twitter.com/wR3GqiaQi4
— Congressman Robert Garcia (@RepRobertGarcia) November 2, 2023
“If we’re ever going to really take on the gun violence epidemic in this country, we need to regulate ammo accessibility. This bill aims to protect the American public from the devastating violence that occurs when individuals have access to unlimited amounts of weaponry,” the representative added.
The AMMO Act, if passed, would extend existing prohibitions on straw purchases of firearms to include ammunition. This means that it would be unlawful for individuals to purchase ammunition and then provide it to others.
Furthermore, the bill’s sponsors have proposed restrictions on bulk purchases of ammo depending on the type; for example, no more than 100 rounds of .50 caliber ammo may be purchased in a five-day period, while a limit of 1000 rounds applies to other types of ammunition.
“No family should endure the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence,” said Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. “I’m proud to work with Congressman Robert Garcia and Senator Warren to introduce comprehensive legislation closing the ammunition loophole in our gun safety laws. This bill will save lives.”
Talk about a gun-grab…and things are only getting worse.