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Brooklyn lawmakers seek to restrict sale of ammo

Dec 22, 2015

State lawmakers from Brooklyn announced on Monday new legislation
aimed at tightly restricting the sale of ammunition in New York.

The Senate and Assembly bills were drafted in an effort to keep potential terrorists from stocking up on ammo, according to sponsors state Sen. Roxanne Persaud and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon. The twin bills are backed by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who worked with Persaud and Simon to craft them.

The legislation would place a strict limit on the number of bullets a
gun owner could purchase over a 90-day time period, and prevent gun
dealers from selling ammunition for a firearm to anyone unauthorized
to have such a weapon.

"If I have a cold I can't buy Sudafed without ID, but I can walk into
any gun shop and walk out with enough bullets to arm a small army
without showing any kind of ID," Simon said in a joint release. "I
can buy any kind of bullets regardless of what kind of gun I own. I
don't even have to own a gun to stock up on bullets. Nothing stops me
from having friends buy even more bullets for me. The sky is the limit. The San Bernardino shooters had 6,000 rounds of ammunition. We need this legislation so that cannot happen here."

Adams, a former police officer with the NYPD who figured in the
passage of the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE)
Act, said there was a "a responsibility to put public safety first, in the face of the blood-soaked carnage of mass shootings, made possible by the calculated and unrestricted stockpiling of thousands of deadly ammunition rounds."

"Limiting the quantity and duration between purchases of ammunition
is one step in preventing someone with criminal intent from easily
accessing large quantities of ammunition," Persaud said.

While the measure is aimed at owners of assault rifles, the language
contained in the draft legislation would also affect owners of handguns with much smaller capacities, such as six-shooters.

Since the measure would cap the amount of ammunition to no more than
twice the amount of the capacity of the weapon every 90 days, these
gun owners would be limited to buying a dozen bullets every month and a half.

This provision is likely to make the bill unpopular with everyday gun
owners and advocacy groups including the National Rifle Association.
The Brooklyn Eagle has reached out to the NRA for comment.

Under the proposal, Section 270.00 of the New York State Penal Law
would be amended to prevent gun dealers from selling ammunition for a
firearm to anyone unauthorized to have such a weapon, regardless of
the weapon type. Under the current code, only pistols and revolvers
are specifically regulated. The bills sponsors say this creates a
"loophole" for those seeking to purchase ammunition for assault weapons.

Penalty for the violation of this law would also be increased from a
Class B misdemeanor, or not more than three months in jail and not
more than $500 in fines, to a Class E felony, or up to four years in
prison with a minimum of one year.

While the practicality of limiting small-capacity gun owners to a
less than a box of bullets is unexplored, those familiar with the
legislation say the lawmakers look upon the language as a starting
point in negotiations.


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