A group of thirty-one Democrats in the house have now proposed legislature to prevent people from buying ammunition online; the legislation would instead require all ammunition purchased to be made in person, their goal? To prevent Americans from buying “unlimited” ammunition via the internet.
Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J) introduced the ‘Stop Online Ammunition Sales’ Act, which not only aims to ban online ammo sales, but would require all ammo dealers to apply for a government permit. Further, the bill would require “bulk” ammo purchases to be reported to the ATF.
Watson Coleman said that the bill aims to “better track and regulate the unlimited market for ammunition currently available on the internet. Another New Jersey representative, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J) stated in a post on his Facebook page that limiting ammunition sales is one of the most effective ways to curb gun violence.
“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” he wrote. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”
Unfortunately for Democrats, many Republicans – and their constituents who put them in office – do not agree. They see attempts to restrict ammunition sales as attempts to undermine the right to keep and bear arms, as established by the Second Amendment.
Recently, Republicans faced a similar threat as the ATF moved to ban certain popular types of ammunition. Ultimately, America’s show of disapproval for the proposed action caused the ATF to retract the ban, after receiving over 90,000 comments – mostly opposing the ban.
Democrats did not let that defeat hold them back. Not long after the decisions was reversed, Democrats proposed a bill to move forward with the ban via legislative action – a bill which has gone seemingly nowhere since it was introduced.
It seems that America has spoken. The very fact that most of the 90,000 individuals who wrote the ATF were in opposition to their proposal, is very telling. As Senator Ted Cruz recently said, “the Second Amendment is not subject to public opinion polls”; but even if it was, it seems that Democrats and their gun control agenda face staunch opposition from the majority of Americans.