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Do You Feel that Ammo Sales Online Should be Restricted [POLL]

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Something must have hit Senator Frank Lautenberg on the head, because, for once, it looks like he’s had a rare moment of clarity.


Although with this I agree.

The esteemed Senator is joining a group of lawmakers to restrict the online purchase of large rounds of ammunition; effectively banning people like Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes from making those purchases either through the mail or online.

My only question is how effective would a law like this be?

According to this:

“It’s time to close the loophole that’s allowing killers — deranged, insane — and even terrorists to buy ammunition online,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

He was joined Monday on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan by U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York to announce the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.

Lautenberg said he and McCarthy, both Democrats, were “on a mission”: to ensure the safety of all Americans by passing legislation that would close loopholes in gun laws allowing people like the suspect in the Aurora, Colo., shootings “to anonymously stockpile for mass murder.”

Under the bill, only licensed dealers would be allowed to sell ammunition. They would have to notify a law enforcement official within five business days about any sale of more than 1,000 rounds to an unlicensed person.

The bill also would require buyers who aren’t licensed dealers to show a photo ID. And that would mean eye contact with someone purchasing ammunition.

“If you’re going to buy these large amounts of ammunition, somebody should see your face,” Lautenberg said.

Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online “like you might order shoes or food,” Lautenberg said. “He didn’t have to interact with another human being who could have noticed his abnormal behavior.”

Here’s my question:

If he really wanted to get multiple rounds of ammo, would he necessarily have to go to a licensed dealer and produce ID?

In other words, for the proposed legislation to have teeth, wouldn’t online sales not only have to be restricted, but outright banned?

And so, with that the Posse Poll:

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