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Ammunition Encoding Legislation Introduced in Alabama!

Friday, April 11, 2008

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Senate Bill 541, introduced by State Senator Rodger Smitherman (D-18), would require all handgun ammunition manufactured or sold in Alabama to be encoded with a serial number, and entered into a statewide database at the time of sale.  Encoded ammunition would be registered to the purchaser and would include the date of transaction, the purchaser’s name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and the serial number of the ammunition.  All unserialized ammunition would have to be forfeited.  Not only would this measure cause enormous increases in the cost of ammunition, but it could lead to the establishment of a database of ammunition purchaser and ultimately the cessation of the sale of ammunition in Alabama. 

Even if the industry can or will produce this ammunition exclusively for Alabama, the consumers will be required to register ammunition purchases and then blindly trust that the number etched on the "base of the bullet projectile" is accurately represented on the box in which it is sold.  Since the "base of the bullet projectile" is necessarily obscured by the cartridge case, it is impossible for the consumer to know if he or she has accurately "registered" their purchase.  

SB541 is currently pending a third reading in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This bill poses a serious threat to our Right to Keep and Bear Arms and needs to be stopped immediately.   

Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and respectfully urge them to protect the Second Amendment rights of Alabama’s law-abiding gun owners by opposing SB541Contact information for the State Senate is (334) 242-7800 and contact information for the State House of Representatives is (334) 242-7600.  To find contact information for your State Legislators click here.

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