Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) announced Monday that they will introduce legislation that would effectively ban online sales of ammunition by requiring buyers to present photo identification at the time of purchase.
The bill, the "Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act," would require anyone selling ammunition to be a licensed dealer. Dealers would have to report the sale of more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition to an unlicensed person within five business days.
“If someone wants to purchase deadly ammunition, they should have to come face-to-face with the seller,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “It's one thing to buy a pair of shoes online, but it should take more than a click of the mouse to amass thousands of rounds of ammunition. This legislation is a simple common-sense step that would put safeguards in place to detect suspicious activity, helping to prevent the sale of ammunition to a terrorist or the next would-be mass murderer.”