Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act

July 31, 2012


The Aurora incident has some politicians and citizens alike, calling for stricter laws for guns and online ammunition purchases.  There is a proposed legislation in the works that will be introduced this week.  Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey said, ”This legislation is a simple common-sense step that would put safeguards in place to detect suspicious activity, helping to prevent the sale of ammunition to a terrorist or the next would-be mass murderer.” He, along with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New Jersey, believe the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act would prohibit the anonymous purchase of ammunition and effectively ban the sale of ammo online.


There are four objectives to the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act:


  • Anybody selling ammunition would have to be a licensed dealer.
  • Ammunition buyers who are not licensed dealers have to show photo identification (effectively banning online purchases, except in the case of “click-and-mortar” shops).
  • Ammunition dealers would have to keep a record of every sale.
  • Ammunition dealers would have five days to report a sale of more than 1,000 rounds to authorities.

There are some opponents to this legislation.  They claim the shooter would have found a way to carry out his plan regardless.  Tighter gun control and ammunition control have become quite an issue with the increasing number of violent and terroristic acts.  Do you think we need tighter gun control laws?  Do you think the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act will be effective?