Now they’re compounding their ammo foolishness (again) by noting that the previous ammo law didn’t stop bad guys from shooting one another and law-abiding citizens, so they need to make the law even more restrictive for people who aren’t the problem.
Following up on a report it made 10 years ago, the State Commission of Investigation says the state’s laws still don’t go far enough to keep gun ammunition out of the wrong hands.
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Since the Commission’s 2007 report, “Armed and Dangerous: Guns, Gangs and Easy Access to Firearms Ammunition,” legislation has been enacted in order to make it more difficult for non-gun owners to legally purchase bullets in New Jersey.
However, the process is still open to abuse and manipulation, the follow-up report finds.
The law, signed by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2008, required that only those with state-issued firearms credentials could purchase ammunition. Before the law, sellers only needed to ask for proof of age.
The law, though, did not take into account the Commission’s recommendation that photo identification be incorporated into firearms purchaser credentials.
In recent “undercover test buys” from the Commission, investigators successfully purchased ammo by using another individual’s credentials. Sellers do not have to request photo ID.
According to Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, the Commission’s photo ID recommendation “is a solution in search of a problem.”
“The recommendations are based on the false and naive premise that criminals use ID cards to purchase ammunition in the first place,” Bach said.
Criminals get their ammo the same ways they get their guns:
- smuggling/black market
- straw-purchases from “clean” family or friends.