After Aurora: Gun Control Advocates Focus on Online Ammo Sales
After the tragedy in Aurora, many in the media predicted that nothing would change in the gun landscape; shooters would still acquire weapons of mass destruction at gun shows and online. Indeed, polls have barely budged since the horrifying, tragic incidents.
But some gun control advocates aren't giving up.
Citing the more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition bought online by the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect, gun control advocates on Monday started a drive to ban anonymous bullet purchases over the Internet.
“It's one thing to buy a pair of shoes online, but it should take more than a click of the mouse to amass thousands of rounds of ammunition," said Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), joined by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) at a New York City news conference to announce plans to introduce the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.
The measure would require ammunition sellers to be licensed, maintain records of sales and report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Buyers would be required to present photo IDs, a requirement that the bill’s sponsors say would effectively ban the online or mail-order purchase of ammunition by civilians.
Gun control legislation faces a battle in Congress, where Republicans have pushed to expand gun rights and many Democratic have been skittish about the issue as their party courts votes in rural states.