Please share this (with your state and national legislators) if you agree. I submitted the following letter to Senator Martin Heinrich:
Dear Senator Heinrich, Regulating firearms appears to be a losing battle. Why not focus our attention on regulating the possesion of ammunition? A threat with 10 bullets is less effective than someone in possesion of hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
The state does not need to take away anyone's guns. Regulating the possession of ammunition is the key subject with regard to lethality. I grew up in Iowa where alchoholic beverages were sold in state run stores. There were limits on how much alchohol a citizen could buy per day. This was to protect public safety and the safety of the citizen.
I would argue that the posstion of a large quantity of munitions is subject to the same reasonable formula. The BATF already enforces regulations on the possesion of certain low explosive and explosive components based on provisions for safey and need. People who hunt or engage in sport shooting have no need to retain thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The regulation of ammunition might be crafted so as not to offend the second ammendment. I urge you to speak with your fellows about a new approach to firearms threat reduction. The current debate is fruitless. Let the citizen own as many guns as they desire. It is the possession of enough ammunition to kill dozens of people that should be curtailed.
Not really to the point of the article... since we cannot regulate minds and apparently cannot restrict ownership of firearms, why can't we regulate bullets? Managing access to ammunition and the components of ammunition seem like reasonable measures. To the point, the Swiss are enlisted in a state militia and keep weapons in thier homes. But they must sign out ammunition, and return unused bullets to an armory after hunting or training. This might skirt to entire 2'nd amendment hoo-ha. (Only hoo-ha in the arguement of a WELL-REGULATED malitia.)
You can own as many firearms as you want. Why do you need to retain hundreds or thousands of rounds of ammunition? To what end, and for what purpose?
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