Many SCI members have contacted the
Washington, D.C. Office to express their concerns about legislation that has
been introduced that would require either Ammunition or Bullet Serialization to
be manufactured products. The intent of this legislation is to make police
investigations “simpler.” In a “perfect-case-scenario” a serialized bullet would
hopefully lead police investigations right to the door of the criminal…however
effectiveness of the products suggested to serialize or I.D. a shell/bullet
casing simply wouldn’t produce this perfect crime solving scenario. What would
happen is an extreme increase in the cost of ammunition and an increased cost in
the production of firearms which would be “equipped” with this new technology.
factors would increase the cost and frustration of sportshooters and hunters who are being unfairly targeted, not the criminals
whom this “technology” is supposed to help stop. SCI is working with like-minded
groups such as the National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports
Foundation, and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses to help stop such
legislation. You may view this legislation by going to
Serialization of ammunition will not only cost jobs, but will endanger the
security of this nation. Putting the ammunition industry out of business, will
mean dependence on foreign sources for ammunition. Serialization will not make
police cases easier, will increase problems for retailers carrying ammunition,
and unfairly targets law abiding citizens who will be victimized by this law.
At a time when the economy is losing jobs, is not the time to start putting
pressure for more regulations on any industry, that will result in fewer jobs.
With less ammunition sold the price will go up, and companies that currently
make ammunition for our Homeland Security will be hard pressed to stay in
business. Black markets for stolen ammunition will grow, much like the
prohibition of alcohol.
This law is unworkable. The only way for it to work is to restrict the
amount of ammunition made in a year. I encourage you to immediately contact your
representative and to ask him or her to vote against these laws being introduced
around the country.
All you politicians get to work DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!!!
Ok, lets get out there and let our state Legislature know that we do not
want this bill passed, and petition them to vote no on this bill. We should
keep after thim untill the bill is closed. By bombarding them with e-mails,
phone calls, and letters.
Remember how Obama said that he wasn't going to take your guns? Well, it
seems that his minions and allies in the anti-gun world have no problem with
taking your ammo!
The bill that is being pushed in 18 states (including Illinois and Indiana)
requires all ammunition to be encoded by the manufacture a data base of all
ammunition sales. So they will know how much you buy and what calibers.
Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009 unless the ammunition is
Any privately held uncoded ammunition must be destroyed by July 1, 2011.
(Including hand loaded ammo.) They will also charge a .05 cent tax on every
round so every box of ammo you buy will go up at least $2.50 or more! If
they can deprive you of ammo they do not need to take your gun!
This legislation is currently pending in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona,
California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland,
Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.
An ACT relating to firearms and ammunition; requiring [AGENCY] to establish
a statewide database to track coded ammunition manufactured and sold for
handguns and assault rifles.
Section 1. Legislative Findings.
The State Legislature hereby finds the following: Each year in the United
States, more than 30% of all homicides that involve a gun go unsolved.
Handgun ammunition accounts for 80% of all ammunition sold in the United
States. Current technology for matching a bullet used in a crime to the gun
that fired it has worked moderately well for years, but presupposes that the
weapon was recovered by law enforcement. Bullet coding is a new and
effective way for law enforcement to quickly identify persons of
interest in gun crime investigations.
(30% go unsolved.. what percentage of homicides will be solved with this
technology? How will marking ammo improve solve rates when it can simply be
altered before use, and unmarked ammo is currently available.)
Section 2. Definitions.
For purposes of this chapter, "coded ammunition" means a bullet carrying a
unique identifier that has been applied by etching onto the base of the
bullet projectile. (Most ammo is made of lead, simply pulling the bullet and removing the
marks on it will render this law null and void. There are plenty of reloaders
currently on the market. Criminals will know how to do it and those who do not
would have been caught any way.)
Section 3. Prohibition on possession or sale of non-coded ammunition.
1. All handgun and assault weapon ammunition manufactured or sold in the
state after January 1, 2009, shall be coded by the manufacturer. (Impossible to achieve by January 1 of 2009. Current supplies are too
large and would have to be destroyed at the cost of Millions to the Ammunition
to ask that the bill in Your State not be passed.
a. The calibers covered by the coding requirement shall include: [LIST
2. No later than January 1, 2011, all non-coded ammunition for the
calibers listed in this
chapter, whether owned by private citizens or retail outlets, must be
Section 4. Authority to establish an Ammunition Coding Database.
1. [AGENCY] shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining an
Ammunition Coding Database (ACD) containing the following information:
a. Manufacturer registry - Manufacturers shall:
i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department through
ii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of seven years
concerning all sales, loans, and transfers of ammunition, to, from, or
within the state.
b. Vendor registry - Vendors shall
i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department through
ii. Record the following information in a format prescribed by the [AGENCY]:
a. The date of the transaction.
b. The name of the transferee.
c. The purchaser's driver's license number or other government issued
identification card number
d. The date of birth of the purchaser.
e. The unique identifier of all handgun ammunition or bullets transferred.
f. All other information prescribed by [AGENCY].
iii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of three years
from the date of the recorded purchase.
2. To the greatest extent possible or practical, the ACD shall be built
within the framework of existing firearms databases. The ACD shall be
operational no later than January 1, 2009.
3. Privacy of individuals is of the utmost importance. Access to information
in the ACSD is reserved for key law enforcement personnel and to be released
only in connection with a criminal investigation.
NEW SECTION: Section 5. Penalties
1. Any vendor that willfully fails to comply with, or falsifies the records
required to be kept by this bill is guilty of a public offense punishable by
imprisonment not to exceed one year, and a fine of $1,000.
2. Any manufacturer that fails to comply with the provisions of this section
shall be liable for a civil fine of not more than one $1,000 for a first
violation, not more than five $5,000 for a second violation, and not more
$10,000 for a third and subsequent violation.
3. Any person who willfully destroys, obliterates, or otherwise renders
unreadable, the serialization required pursuant to this bill, on any bullet
or assembled ammunition is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one
year, and a fine of $1,000. (So if you fire a bullet is it a criminal offense? Bullets tumbling into
a target or body can be damaged. Some break apart. If a bullet breaks into
pieces the markings will be damaged.)
NEW SECTION: Section 6. Funding.
1. Establishing and maintaining the ACD shall be funded by an end-user fee
not to exceed [COST NUMBER, ESTIMATED AT $0.005 PER BULLET OR ROUND OF
AMMUNITION]. ( This is the initial cost, what is the down line cost, and sets a
precedent of taxation on ammunition at higher rates later. Higher costs
means fewer sales. Fewer sales result in layoffs in an economy that can ill
afford more layoffs.)
2. There is hereby established the Coded Ammunition Fund for deposit of the
end user fees described in this section. Moneys in the fund, upon
appropriation, shall be available to the [AGENCY] for infrastructure,
implementation, operational, enforcement, and future development costs of
this chapter. (Creating another Government Agency and more
records at what cost? Another punishment for law abiding gun owners.
Criminals will be able to get around this by theft, and by simply
obliterating the ammunition, and using older ammunition that is not
3. Ammunition manufacturers based within this state may submit a one-time
tax credit application for cost of purchasing ammunition coding equipment.
All applications must be submitted by January 1, 2009. ( One time tax
credit? Ammunition technology changes, as it does will business be allowed
to take legitimate machine costs?)
Follow Up: January 5, 2009 - So far no
state has passed this legislation. However another problem has come up with
the coding. How to get numbers onto bullets in sufficient numbers to be able
to keep track of them. Batch Number and then a serial number would have to
be so small as to be unseen on most bullets. If they are small then they
will also be easy to remove. This reduces the effectiveness of the coding.
Computer chips?? I dont think they like the heat of flying at 1500+ feet per
second, much less how to power them. As of this writing this is
probably a dead issue UNLESS they can find a way to code the ammo some way
that is not removable or at least not easily.
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