|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that an instant background check should be made every time gun ammunition is being sold. This wont prevent the next tragedy, but it is a strategy against gun violence that should be implemented.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that enforcing an instant background check on the sale of ammunition infringes on second amendment rights. Individuals should not be denied the ability to buy gun ammunition even if they are prohibited from purchasing a firearm.
The Ammunition Background Check Act would require instant background checks for the sale of gun ammunition. The legislation aims to prevent criminals from illegally purchasing ammunition.
This bill has a sibling legislation under the same name in the Senate, S.2627, sponsored by Senator Blumenthal, which has some minor differences.
Under current law, some criminals, domestic abusers, and dangerously mentally ill individuals are prohibited from purchasing a firearm, they are also prohibited from purchasing ammunition. However, unlike firearms, federal law does not require a background check to prevent the illegal purchase of bullets. The Ammunition Background Check Act of 2018 would close this loophole by requiring all buyers of ammunition to undergo an instant background check under the same FBI National Instant Background Check System (NICS), the same quick and easy process that applies to the purchase of firearms.
Those who oppose the legislation see it as another “gun restricting” measure which infringes on their second amendment rights, even though the legislation only enforces already existing federal law.
According to Wasserman Schultz’ press release, various experts point to the lack of enforcement of existing ammunition prohibitions as one of the most non-invasive yet effective strategies for curbing gun violence.
Sponsored by: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23].
Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 35 Dem.