Proposed legislation that isn’t such a great idea

The Mississippi Legislature is back in session and with that comes the usual flood of proposed legislation.  Some good, some bad and some that just leave me scratching my head wondering if these public servants have really thought through the consequences of legislation they propose.

House Bill 231 is a prime example of the later.  HB231 would require:

5 SECTION 1. Every merchant, dealer or pawnbroker that sells
6 pistol or rifle cartridges, shall keep a record of all sales of
7 such cartridges sold, showing the description of the kind and
8 caliber of cartridges so sold, the name, address and driver’s
9 license or social security number of the purchaser, and the
10 description of and the quantity of cartridges and date of sale.
11 This record shall be open to public inspection at any time to
12 persons desiring to see it. Any dealer who violates this section
13 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be
14 fined not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than
15 One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).

The author, Representative Scott, probably views the bill as being helpful to crime reduction in some way.  However, if you were the sort of criminal that likes to participate in identity theft what could be better than to have a supply of names, address and social security numbers at your disposal?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, incidents of identity theft have grown from 11.69 million in 2008 to  16.58 million in 2012.  Why propose legislation that would make it easier?


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