If gun control advocates can’t pry that gun from your cold, dead hands, perhaps they can keep you from buying bullets. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has announced tonight that he’s introducing the Ammunition Background Check Act to require instant background checks to purchase ammo.

“Ammunition is now the black hole in gun violence prevention,” Blumenthal told reporters during a conference call, further calling the ability to purchase large quantities of bullets “a ludicrous loophole.”

Blumenthal tweeted the following graphics to give an overview of the proposed legislation. Law enforcement would be tasked with tracking ammo sales, “especially” of large quantities.

https://twitter.com/LAfromCT/status/288733531046301696

  • SpinMeNot

    Well good thing I’ve got an ammunition plant in my garage. Now loading 12ga, .223/5.56, .308/7.62×51, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. Low rates, no background check required. Discounts if you bring brass in any of the offered calibers.

    Blumenthal, kiss my wrinkled white ass.

  • detroit19

    Does that mean that SSA, DHS, NOAA (purportedly on behalf of the National Marine Fisheries Service) etc., will be returning the ‘in excess of a BILLION rounds’ they purchased in the first 6 months of 2012. Any of it registered?

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Is he talking about “real” ammo or the ammo he used when he was (NOT) in Vietnam?

    • grais

      All those claims were just misspeaks.

    • twinx

      ka-zinggggggg!

    • JustLikeAnimals

      He believed he was in Vietnam before he said he wasn’t.

  • Peter Sterne, Sr

    Okay, so the DHS is going to submit to a background check before it can purchase another billion hollow points?

    • TomJB

      Once they find an employee who can pass scrutiny.

  • Let’em Crash

    He’s saying if you like the lines for just firearms now, just you wait for my ammo bill (also post bill, for the PIA at the POS factor).

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    Are the logistics of this even possible? Some states have a two week waiting period for the background check to get back due to volume.

    • grais

      What does that matter when the very idea of a new restriction feeeeeels good?

      • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

        I got nothing on the whole idea of certain types of restriction feeling good. I am SO not going to go there. 😉 However, I can’t wait to see what sort of over inflated government program they will now how to roll out to ensure whatever lofty standards are going to be placed over us — work. But then, who am I kidding? It’ll be like the DMV, it won’t work right.

  • grais

    Does he realize his hoped-for new law would not have, in any way, prevented the Sandy Hook massacre?

    • SpinMeNot

      No gun control law of any form would have prevented the tragedy — the gun used was obtained illegally. Ask any of the 532 people killed in Chicago last year how much protection strict gun control laws provided them.

    • ZoriahShepard

      Once again they’re going after law abiding citizens instead of the a-holes who are killing people.

      • BeeKaaay

        Because the a-holes who are killing people vote democrat.

  • Jeff

    What part of “shall not be impinged” do these gun control bozos not understand ?

    • BeeKaaay

      The same part that says abortion is a human right. They’re such idiots.

    • JustLikeAnimals

      “infringed” even.

      • Shambhala666

        Thank you

  • Canadian in USA

    Does it cost the gun store anything to run the background check? (I.e., are there fees to be paid and to whom?)

    • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

      If you purchase the gun from the dealer directly (at least here in CO), no. There is no fee currently. If your purchase from an online source and send it to an FFL dealer, then yes, they usually have processing fee’s. But no fee on the background check. Most dealers wouldn’t mind a small fee (say, $20, which seems to be the magic number from the dealers I’ve talked to here, again, in CO). But for us, it’s to the State for any processing fee that is applied to a gun purchase from an online broker/dealer to the FFL dealer. :)

    • ceemack

      Ummmm…equipment? Employee time?

      There doesn’t have to be a fee for there to be a cost.

      And Blumenthal is (no surprise) either an idiot or a liar (okay, okay, maybe both). The vast majority of those “700,000” rejections from NICS (National Instant Check System) are false hits…a legal gun buyer being confused with someone on the proscribed list. These are usually cleared up, and the buyer is allowed to purchase the weapon.

      • Canadian in USA

        Understood, but I was wondering if this was a money grab – you know, pay $20 for background checks for guns, pay $20 for ammo, lather, rinse, repeat.

  • Garth Haycock

    So, it’s ammo, not criminals, that are the black hole of gun violence.

    It amazes me just how stupid leftist politicians are.

    • Jack Deth

      They have to be stupid, Garth.

      The lies of the left have sewn them so tightly into a corner that if they stray from either Guns or Ammo. They open themselves up to past legislation (Keeping the institutionalized out of Institutions. With help from the ACLU) or deals with Big Pharma (Long time prescriptions and dependence of Ritalin from grade school on) that can embarrass and make them look ridiculous and guilty.

    • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

      I am no longer amazed or surprised. I just shake my head, and wonder how we could have possibly removed Darwin from the natural equation so much.

  • Hiraghm

    Why in hell would anyone buy ammunition if they haven’t already bought a firearm (and therefore passed a background check)? If they obtained the gun illegally.. think maybe they’ll have illegal sources of ammo, too?

    • JustLikeAnimals

      Exactly.

  • mickeyco

    What are you supposed to do with just ammo? Throw it at the bad guys?

    • jo.zo

      lol! now that was a funny/witty retort! these anti-gun folks are simply crazy!

  • BeeKaaay

    Can we pass a law requiring a background check before being sworn into office? Or even to run for office?

    • Jim Denney

      As long as it doesn’t require an original birth certificate why would the liberals object? Oh wait, asking for ID is RACISSSS.

    • Justin Case

      Blumenthal’s background check revealed he lied about being in Vietnam.

    • Justin Case

      Blumenthal’s background check revealed he lied about being in Vietnam.

  • bod ach beag

    I said this years ago, if they want gun control they will have to control the ammo. the harder it is for you to get ammo the better they like it, what they don’t realize is. it goes underground, expensive yes but anyone that wants it will be able to get it

  • FilleGitane

    Good thing I reload.

  • twinx

    Dicky, if I had a puss like yours, I’d definitely, but DEFINITELY, make sure everyone within miles of me was unarmed.

  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    Because ammo by itself does so much damage. lol #ridic

  • George Washington Mclintock

    More of the legal harassment of honest citizens that made Dick a contender in the Democratic party. Tried ammo laws for years. Since Billions and Billions of rounds are produced each year, even the gun Gestapo at BATFE has declared ammo laws a useless waste of their time. Can’t track it, can’t restrict, and doesn’t offer aid to law enforcement.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    He has to show his constituents that he did “something.” it really doesn’t matter how logical, effective, or stupid it is, because his constituents are largely made of up of emotional, knee-jerk anti-gun types. So as long as he does anything “anti-” and remotely related to a firearm, he’s golden.

  • Justin Case

    Background check didn’t work to prevent Blumenthal from getting elected.

  • Justin Case

    Background check didn’t work to prevent Blumenthal from getting elected.

  • fivegreatkids

    Blumenthal just do what Rush suggested. Make a law that outlaws ALL mass murders. Forget this edge/fringe stuff–get to the heart of the problem. I’m sure it will solve this issue once and for all.

  • fivegreatkids

    Blumenthal just do what Rush suggested. Make a law that outlaws ALL mass murders. Forget this edge/fringe stuff–get to the heart of the problem. I’m sure it will solve this issue once and for all.

  • philomena

    I wish they had a background check on senatorial candidates who lie about fighting in a war. Oh, they did. He lied. More than once. He was elected anyway. Connecticut and Massachusetts: No amount of lying and deceit will keep a democrat from a seat.

    • tredglx

      Just ask Faux-cohantas.

  • philomena

    I wish they had a background check on senatorial candidates who lie about fighting in a war. Oh, they did. He lied. More than once. He was elected anyway. Connecticut and Massachusetts: No amount of lying and deceit will keep a democrat from a seat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000247174775 Art Marquardt

    1000 rounds is one of the most popular sizes of packaging for .22 LR ammo. Every kid going plunking at the local gun range or abandoned quarry would be in government files as a huge purchaser of ammo. I am pretty sure the next step would be the enabling regulations that would say reducing the package size to 999 rounds is “evading” the law and that any transfer of ammunition must be done by a FFL holder meaning that I could not let my son use ammo purchased by me and vice versa. We certainly have some of the worlds stupidest lawmakers.

  • mdtljt

    I’m going to make a grand assumption here – yes, I know what happens when one does that…makes an ASS our of U and ME – but based on his sir name – I’m going to assume he’s MOT (Member of the Tribe)…and apparently has forgotten his people’s not too distant history with the good folks who would disarm the populace…proof positive those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it…and what a shame that he would be the one to do so. Again, if he is MOT, what do you think his ancestors think of his shameful actions?? If he isn’t the same holds true…

  • Mapache

    Another stupid idea, Washington is full of them nowadays.

  • Belinda Henry

    I demand a background check for all those buying condoms!