Thread: If you live in Durham, NC...
You need to contact ALL your councilmen/women/mayor about the proposed "Ammunition Accountability" measure that's being pushed ( http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/2...sed-as-model/:
This is the email I sent them all (feel free to use it if you wish):
"Dear Councilman ,
There is a push in all 50 states for the "Ammunition Accountability Act". It is my hope that you WILL NOT support this push due to the following reasons,
1. Eventual Forfeiture of Currently-Owned Ammunition.
2. A Separate Registration for Every Box of New Ammunition.
3. Outrageously Expensive Ammunition Costs for Police & Private Citizens Alike.
4. A Waste of Taxpayer Money, Better Spent on Traditional Police Programs.
History of the Ammunition Accountability Act
In 2007, the sponsor of "encoded ammunition" legislation in Maryland urged lawmakers across the country to introduce the same kind of legislation in their states. The bill would require ammunition manufacturers to engrave a serial number on "the base of the bullet and the inside of the cartridge casing of each round" of ammunition for popular sporting caliber center-fire rifles, all center-fire pistols, all .22 rimfire rifles and pistols, and all 12 gauge shotguns.
Reasons to Strenuously Oppose This Legislation
People would be required to forfeit all personally-owned non-encoded ammunition. After a certain date, it would be illegal to possess non-encoded ammunition. Gun owners possess hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition for target shooting, hunting and personal protection. Consider that American manufacturers produce 8 billion rounds each year.
Reloading (re-using cartridge cases multiple times) would be abolished. There would be no way to correspond serial numbers on cartridge cases, and different sets and quantities of bullets.
People would be required to separately register every box of "encoded ammunition." This information would be supplied to the police. Most states do not even require registration of guns. Each box of ammunition would have a unique serial number, thus a separate registration.
Private citizens would have to maintain records, if they sold ammunition to anyone, including family members or friends.
The cost of ammunition would soar, for police and private citizens alike. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute estimates it would take three weeks to produce ammunition currently produced in a single day. For reason of cost, manufacturers would produce only ultra-expensive encoded ammunition, which police would have to buy, just like everyone else. In many States, the taxpayer foots the bill for ammunition that is used by the State for firearms qualification, and recertification which in most cases is yearly. This will result in an increase in cost to the State.
A tax of five cents a round would be imposed on private citizens, not only upon initial sale, but every time the ammunition changes hands thereafter.
Shotgun ammunition cannot be engraved. Shotgun pellets are too small to be individually engraved. Shotgun cartridge cases are made of plastic, which would be difficult to engrave.
Criminals could beat the system. A large percentage of criminals' ammunition (and guns) is stolen. Criminals could also collect ammunition cases from shooting ranges, and reload them with molten lead bullets made without serial numbers.
Congress eliminated a similar requirement in the 1980s, because there was no law enforcement benefit. Federal law had required purchasers of handgun ammunition to sign a ledger, but Congress repealed that requirement in 1983 (.22 rimfire) and 1986 (center-fire handguns), because it burdened purchasers, vendors and police, with no law enforcement benefit.
This proposal is nothing less than "back-door" gun control - and a definite INFRINGEMENT of both the spirit and letter of the Second Amendment.