This is being introduced in each state
starting with California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Indiana, Tennessee, and Washington.
"No later than January 1, 2011,
HOUSE BILL 3245
By LARRY J. MILLER
D - Memphis
SENATE BILL 3395
By REGINALD TATE
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13,
to enact the “Ammunition Accountability Act”.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:
SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “Ammunition Accountability Act”.
SECTION 2. The general assembly finds the following:
(1) Each year in the United States, more than thirty percent (30%) of all homicides that involve a gun go unsolved;
(2) Handgun ammunition accounts for eighty percent (80%) of all ammunition sold in the United States;
(3) Current technology for matching a bullet used in a crime to the gun that fired it has worked moderately well for years, but presupposes that the weapon was recovered by law enforcement; and
(4) Bullet coding is a new and effective way for law enforcement to quickly identify persons of interest in gun crime investigations.
SECTION 3. For purposes of this act, "coded ammunition" means a bullet carrying a unique identifier that has been applied by etching onto the base of the bullet projectile.
(a) All handgun and assault weapon ammunition manufactured or sold in the state after January 1, 2009, shall be coded by the manufacturer.
(b) No later than January 1, 2011, all noncoded ammunition for the calibers listed in this act, whether owned by private citizens or retail outlets, shall be disposed.
(a) The Tennessee bureau of investigation (TBI) shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining an ammunition coding system database (ACSD) containing the following information:
(1) A manufacturer registry. Manufacturers shall:
(A) Register with the TBI in a manner prescribed by the department through rules and regulations; and
(B) Maintain records on the business premises for a period of seven (7) years concerning all sales, loans and transfers of ammunition, to, from, or within the state; and
(2) A vendor registry. Vendors shall:
(A) Register with the TBI in a manner prescribed by the department through rules and regulations;
(B) Record the following information in a format prescribed by the TBI:
(i) The date of the transaction;
(ii) The name of the transferee;
(iii) The purchaser's driver license number or other government issued identification card number;
(iv) The date of birth of the purchaser;
(v) The unique identifier of all handgun ammunition or bullets transferred; and
(vi) All other information prescribed by the TBI; and
(C) Maintain records on the business premises for a period of three (3) years from the date of the recorded purchase.
(b) To the greatest extent possible or practical, the ACSD shall be built within the framework of existing firearms databases. The ACSD shall be operational no later than January 1, 2009.
(c) Privacy of individuals shall be of the utmost importance. Access to information in the ACSD is reserved for key law enforcement personnel and shall only be released in connection with a criminal investigation.
(a) Any vendor that knowingly fails to comply with, or falsifies the records required to be kept by this act commits a Class A misdemeanor.
(b) Any manufacturer that knowingly fails to comply with this act commits a Class A misdemeanor punishable by fine only not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) for a first violation and punishable by fine only not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) for second and subsequent violations.
(c) Any person who knowingly destroys, obliterates, or otherwise renders unreadable, the serialization required pursuant to this act, on any bullet or assembled ammunition commits a Class A misdemeanor.
(a) The cost of establishing and maintaining the ACSD shall be funded by an enduser fee. Vendors shall charge an additional one half cent ($.005) per bullet or round of ammunition to the purchaser.
(b) There is established the coded ammunition fund for deposit of the enduser fees described in this section. Moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, shall be available to the TBI for infrastructure, implementation, operational, enforcement, and future development costs of this act.
This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.
Do not let these types of so-called laws be passed!
They are coming for your guns.
Now they will find the unregistered ones via registered ammo.
All tyrants use the registration records
to confiscate guns from potential resistors.
Also, if someone steals your ammo and commits a crime, they will come to the one who has it registered.
Many law-abiding people who have guns but
do not have Driver’s license or government issued ID
[I do not have a Driver's license nor a government issued ID.]
[Nor do I want one or be forced to have one]
By 2011, it will be a crime to have
noncoded ammunition in your possession
When fines are collected,
where does the money go?
Yes, you are right!...To build a bigger empire.
They are also taxing ammo
at the rate of 5 cents for each round.
Do not let it happen
5 cents today could be $1.00 per round tomorrow
Here is information pertaining to Illinois which is well written by a blogger posted at http://armedandsafe.blogspot.com/:
'Tis the season for insanely draconian gun legislation to be
introduced in the Illinois
Creates the Ammunition Accountability Act. Provides that all firearm ammunition manufactured or sold in the State of Illinois on or after January 1, 2010 shall be coded by the manufacturer. Provides that effective January 1, 2010, all firearm ammunition used within the State of Illinois shall be coded by the manufacturer. Provides that on or after January 1, 2010, a person in possession of non-coded ammunition that was manufactured prior to January 1, 2010, may transfer the same only to an heir, to an individual residing in another state maintaining the ammunition in another state, or to a federally licensed firearms dealer. Provides that the Department of State Police shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining an Ammunition Coding System Database (ACSD) containing specified information. Establishes penalties and exemptions.
is applied to the base of the bullet (where it's apparently supposed to hold
together through firing and impact, in order to identify the ammunition. Now
these bills (or this bill, really) exempt shotgun ammunition (which
makes sense--the idea of encoding the hundreds of .08" diameter pellets in
a round of #9 shot is obviously ridiculous), and muzzle-loader ammunition.
Creates the Regulated Firearms Encoded Ammunition Act and amends the State Finance Act. Provides that a manufacturer of ammunition for handguns and certain specified assault weapons sold in this State after January 1, 2009 must encode the ammunition in such a manner that the Director of State Police establishes. Provides that ammunition contained in one ammunition box may not be labeled with the same serial number as the ammunition contained in any other ammunition box from the same manufacturer. Provides that on or before January 1, 2011, an owner of ammunition for use in a regulated firearm that is not encoded by the manufacturer shall dispose of the ammunition. Provides that beginning on January 1, 2009, the Director of State Police shall establish and maintain an encoded ammunition database. Creates the Ammunition Accountability Fund as a special fund in the State treasury. Provides that subject to appropriation, the Department of State Police may use moneys from the Fund to establish and maintain the encoded ammunition database. Provides that beginning January 1, 2009, each person selling encoded ammunition at retail in this State shall collect from retail customers a fee of $0.05 for each round that is sold and delivered in this State. Establishes civil and criminal penalties for violations of the Regulated Firearms Encoded Ammunition Act. Effective January 1, 2009.
These bills are apparently intended to mollify
hunters, by "only" going after ammunition intended for handguns and
so-called "assault weapons." This, of course, is ridiculous, as
handguns have been built in nearly every caliber that rifles have, including the
terrifying, airline-busting .50 BMG "weapon of war"
(that's sarcasm, if you're wondering) and the .600 Nitro Express elephant gun
cartridge. Additionally, "assault weapons" aren't chambered in
special "assault weapon" calibers (although that little fact is
conveniently ignored by the folks pushing bans of "high-powered assault
weapons"), so there is no such thing as a special category of
"'assault weapon' ammunition." In fact, the bill defines
"assault weapon" by type, and among the designated "assault
weapons" are several 12 gauge shotguns, meaning that, unlike the other
bills, these two will apply to 12 gauge shotgun ammunition (.410 shotgun shells
would also be affected, because the Taurus "Judge" means that .410 shells are "handgun
ammunition"). Hunters take note.
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anno Domini Two thousand eight
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