by Dave Blount | October 19, 2016 1:50 pm
Our constitutional right to bear arms obviously implies a right to bear ammunition, without which the arms are useless. But apparently Democrats disagree. Check out the bill HB6615, which the Illinois General Assembly is springing in Springfield:
Provides that beginning January 1, 2018, all handgun ammunition that is manufactured, imported into the State for sale or personal use, kept for sale, offered or exposed for sale, sold, given, lent, or possessed shall be serialized. Provides that beginning January 1, 2018, any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, imports into the State for sale or personal use, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, or who gives or lends any handgun ammunition that is not serialized is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that beginning January 1, 2018, any person who possesses in any public place any handgun ammunition that is not serialized is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
Bullet serialization involves engraving a serial number on each and every bullet. As the National Shooting Sports Foundation observes, it is a de facto ban on ammunition.
Serialization would be prohibitively expensive, even after investing $millions to set up production facilities, which few could afford to do just so as to sell ammo in the state of Illinois for more than people would pay.
Criminals of course will still have ammo brought in from out of state, even if it is a misdemeanor to possess it.
No doubt Ms. Harper’s fellow Democrats dream of imposing serialized ammunition nationwide, so as to make the mass production of ammunition economically infeasible.
The only effect of this lunacy on crime would be to increase it, since eradicating sport shooting would result in fewer law-abiding citizens with firearms. Obviously, a criminal is not going to refrain from shooting someone just because ammo costs $5 or $10 per round.
If the GOP cannot be restored or replaced as an effective opposition party in the very near future, legislation like this will be our national future.
On a tip from TrojanMan. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
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