More dumb legislation proposed for ammunition sales
January 15, 2014 2 Comments
Senate Bill 2030 introduced by Senator Sampson Jackson would require:
8 SECTION 1. The following shall be codified as Section
9 97-37-39, Mississippi Code of 1972:
10 97-37-39. (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell
11 any center-fire pistol or rifle cartridge that does not bear on
12 the casing thereof a serial number or other unique identifying
14 (2) (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell any
15 center-fire pistol or rifle cartridge without making a record of
16 the serial numbers or other unique identifying mark of the
17 cartridges sold.
18 (b) Records required under this section shall be
19 retained by the seller for not less than five (5) years from the
20 date of sale.
21 (3) A person who violates this section, upon conviction,
22 shall be punished by a fine not to exceed Five Thousand Dollars
23 ($5,000.00) or imprisonment in the custody of the Department of
24 Corrections for a term not to exceed five (5) years, or both fine
25 and imprisonment.
This isn’t about trying to track down bullets. This is about shutting down ammunition sales in Mississippi. No ammunition manufacturer will incur the significant cost to individually serialize ammunition casings. Ammunition is mass produced to keep the cost down to the end user.
No ammunition manufacturer would want to open or expand a factory in Mississippi with such a hostile law on the books. This isn’t exactly a good way to welcome Winchester to Oxford, Mississippi where they launched a project in 2010 to expand their plant and bring an additional 1000+ jobs.
Prediction: Like most bills, HB2030 will not make it out of committee. Even if it did, it couldn’t pass the entire Senate nor could it pass the House or get signed by the Gov. This is just grandstanding by a senator.