New legislation introduced this month in the Pennsylvania House aims to add fees and limits to how Keystone Staters buy their ammunition.
Pennsylvania House Bill 2344 was referred to the chamber’s Judiciary Committee last week with a dozen sponsors. Filed by state Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, it would wrap the ammo buying process in layers of Harrisburg red tape.
In its current format, the 25-page bill would mandate those who want to pick up some bullets first obtain a proposed Ammunition Purchase Authorization Permit, a four-year $50 ammo permission slip controlled by state police.
Permits, which could take 30 days to process, would be tracked, their information retained in a central database, and subject to revocation. Guns
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for definitions, for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms, for sale or transfer of firearms, for Pennsylvania State Police, for firearm sales surcharge, for Firearm Records Check Fund, for retail dealer required to be licensed and for licensing of dealers, providing for ammunition purchase authorization permits, establishing the Ammunition Safety and Enforcement Fund and providing for transporting ammunition into this Commonwealth.
The article goes on to say that, While the bill exempts police and law enforcement from its requirements, those who violate the provisions of the ammo control mandate could face up to a second-degree felony, a punishment that is on par with involuntary manslaughter and provides from 5 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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