The following article from Reuters (gun-control propaganda central) promotes the idea of database tracking, serializing, and fingerprinting for all ammunition purchases around the country. This is clearly an attempt to turn our right to firearms ownership into a privilege, and create an environment where common citizens are forced to essentially ask permission from the government every time they buy gun related materials. It is much easier to take away a privilege in the minds of the populous than it is to take away a right. I think it is especially important to note that the article cites the need to track those who are “stockpiling ammunition” as the primary purpose for an ammunition database. Hmm…I wonder who they are really most concerned about? Drugged out and mentally unstable kids, or, somebody else…
Brandon Smith, Associate Editor
In tracking down illegal weapons, the smoking gun may not be a gun at all.
Bullets are one thing Sacramento Police Detective Greg Halstead can count on to root out weapons that otherwise would be impossible to find. They are also largely missing from the gun control debate in Washington.
Since 2008, California’s capital has required ammunition dealers to take names and thumbprints of bullet buyers. They send the information electronically to police computers, which compare the names to an FBI criminal database.
Halstead begins his day looking at a list of buyers, picking out the ones who aren’t supposed to own ammunition – or guns. The thumbprint left by each prohibited buyer is nearly perfect evidence of crime.
“The ammunition case is a slam-dunk solid,” said Halstead, who regularly turns up illegal guns at homes he otherwise would have no reason to search. Some 154 felony convictions and 92 misdemeanor convictions have resulted so far.
While the gun control initiatives launched by President Barack Obama on Wednesday in response to December’s Connecticut school massacre are the most sweeping in decades, they are more focused on guns than bullets and omitted several controls on ammunition that some law enforcement officials say could help.
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