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Since the 1960s, gun control supporters have tried to get one or another variety of ammunition banned, severely restricted, prohibitively taxed or excessively regulated, to discourage the acquisition of guns and undermine their use.

For example, though the Gun Control Act of 1968 preamble stated that the law was not intended “to place any undue or unnecessary Federal restrictions or burdens on law-abiding citizens with respect to the acquisition, possession, or use of firearms,” the law required purchasers of handgun-caliber ammunition and rifle-caliber ammunition that could be used in a handgun to sign ledgers documenting their purchases. Because the requirement resulted in a massive amount of paperwork that served no law enforcement purpose, Congress in 1982 rescinded it as it applied to .22 rimfire ammunition and in 1986, as part of the Firearms Owners Protection Act, rescinded it as it applied to center-fire ammunition.

In the 1980s, gun control supporters claimed they wanted to restrict new handgun bullets made of metals harder than lead, which had been invented to enable law enforcement officers shoot through walls and doors, but they instead pushed legislation that would have banned traditional ammunition manufactured with bullets made of lead, commonly used for self-defense, hunting and sports. The Departments of Justice and the Treasury, and the NRA, opposed the legislation and the NRA helped write the “armor piercing ammunition” law that Congress instead adopted in 1986.

In the 1990s, gun control supporters again proposed banning traditional ammunition, a move rejected by the Treasury Department. Separately, they also sought a 1,000 percent tax on 9mm, .25, and .32 caliber ammunition, a 50 percent tax on all handgun ammunition, a ban on mail-order ammunition sales, a requirement for a background check to purchase ammunition, and a limit on the amount of ammunition a person could own without an “arsenal license.” 

In February 2015, two years after failing to get Congress to ban the AR-15 and other general-purpose rifles, the Obama administration attempted to bypass Congress to ban the second most common ammunition used in the rifle. It withdrew the proposed ammunition ban after a majority in each house of Congress and over 80,000 Americans opposed the ban in letters and emails to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Congress threatened to reduce the chronically problematic agency’s budget.

Gun control supporters quickly took advantage of the situation to again call for a ban on traditional ammunition, like the bans that Congress rejected in 1986, and the Treasury Department rejected in 1997. Meanwhile, gun control supporters are trying to get traditional ammunition banned on environmental grounds as well.

 

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U.S. Olympian: 1, Gun Controllers: 0 – Judge Blocks Unconstitutional California Ammunition Laws

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Monday, April 27, 2020

U.S. Olympian: 1, Gun Controllers: 0 – Judge Blocks Unconstitutional California Ammunition Laws

Kim Rhode is one of America’s most decorated Olympians, having medaled in six consecutive summer games. California, however, ...

Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in Rhode v. Becerra

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in Rhode v. Becerra

Major Victory in Case Challenging Constitutionality of California's Ammo Background Check Law Fairfax, Va. - A major victory was secured on Thursday ...

FOX News  

Friday, April 10, 2020

James Woods Slams Alyssa Milano over Anti-Gun Tweet: ‘Buy More Ammo!’

Conservative actor James Woods was quick with a response Thursday after left-leaning fellow thespian Alyssa Milano decried the ...

Licensed Security Guard Arrested Under New Jersey’s Self-Defense Ammunition Ban

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Licensed Security Guard Arrested Under New Jersey’s Self-Defense Ammunition Ban

With cases like those of Shanneen Allen, Brian Aitken, Gordon Van Gilder, Hisashi Pompey, and many others, New Jersey has a well-earned reputation ...

Aloha to Freedom: Hawaii Lawmakers Push Severe Ammo Restrictions

News  

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Aloha to Freedom: Hawaii Lawmakers Push Severe Ammo Restrictions

In the last year, gun owners across the U.S. have watched in horror as California has rolled out ...

FOX News  

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Ingraham: Liberals Don't Trust 'Regular People' on Self-Defense

Fox News' Laura Ingraham blasted Democrats Wednesday, claiming they are trying to infringe on American's Second Amendment right. ...

60 Minutes “Research” Discovers Bullets Can Cause Damage

News  

Friday, June 28, 2019

60 Minutes “Research” Discovers Bullets Can Cause Damage

Last Sunday, the “news” program 60 Minutes ran a story it called “What makes the AR-15 style rifle ...

Townhall  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Newsom's Coveted Ammo Background Check Law is Set to go Into Effect – And CA Gun Owners are Prepping

Gun owners in California are buying ammunition en masse as they prepare for a new ammo background check ...

Does Shannon Watts want a Ban on all Centerfire Rifle Ammunition?

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Does Shannon Watts want a Ban on all Centerfire Rifle Ammunition?

Shannon Watts has developed her persona as a “full-time volunteer” who wants nothing more than to bring “common ...

Breitbart  

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bolsonaro Expands Brazilian Gun Rights with Executive Order

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro kept one of his campaign promises on Tuesday by signing an executive order to ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.