Connecticut Senator Wants to Regulate Bullet Sales with Background Checks

As we pointed out last week, gun sales significantly increase after a mass shooting – except in the states where the incidents occur. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School shook up an entire state, Senator Richard Blumenthal announced a solution to curb large-scale shootings in early December.

Blumenthal claims that the ability to purchase bullets – but not firearms – without a background check is a “black hole in gun violence prevention.” While last week we touched on a Colorado representative’s efforts to not only better regulate private gun sales but also magazine clip capacities, Blumenthal would like sellers to conduct background checks on individuals purchasing bullets.

Such measure would be part of the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013, which the senator plans to introduce later in January. Aside from this point, the seller would be required to inform law enforcement if a buyer purchased more than 1,000 rounds over a five-day period and would ban Teflon coated bullets and ammunition specifically made to ignite or explode upon contact. Screenings would be conducted through the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System.

About this, Sen. Blumenthal told the press: “There is no rational reason why a person can walk into a store, fill their shopping cart with hundreds of rounds of ammo, pay up, and walk out without so much as giving their name.”

Although Connecticut has better gun control than other states, only six states require universal background checks for all firearm sales at gun shows. Connecticut requires background checks for handgun purchases at gun shows. Nevertheless, even if a state requires screening for private sales, sellers don’t always comply. This was seen in New York, after law enforcement went undercover to a gun show and purchased automatic rifles without any screening.

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