The Huffington Post reports the White House has agreed to take a look at new legislation that would limit online ammunition sales. This legislation would end anonymous sales of ammunition online and via mail order. The legislation would also require ammunition dealers to report large sales of ammunition to the government.
WASHINGTON — White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Barack Obama will “evaluate” new legislation that effectively bans online sales of gun ammunition, but he wouldn’t say whether the president could support it.
During the daily White House briefing, Earnest told The Huffington Post that he didn’t know if Obama had seen the bill filed Monday by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). The measure would significantly curb the ability of people to anonymously buy unlimited amounts of ammunition via the Internet or other types of mail orders. It would also require ammunition dealers to report bulk sales of bullets to law enforcement.
Their proposal comes just weeks after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. that left 12 dead and dozens more injured. The gunman had purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition anonymously on the Internet shortly before going on his killing spree. The incident has revived calls for some kind of action on gun control, particularly given that nothing changed after the January 2011 shootings that killed six and injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), but neither Congress nor Obama has signaled a willingness to advance new gun safety legislation.
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