If Mayor Menino gets his way, you will have to register your ammo at the point of purchase and be required to own only those guns with the capability of microprinting each shell casing with the serial number of the gun which you have dutifully registered with the state.
Oh, wait. Never mind.
I was thinking about the rest of us. You carjackers, rapists, and drug dealers can go right ahead with what you're doing.City seeks safeguards on sale of bullets
With firearm violence in Boston continuing to surge, police and city officials are looking for new anticrime tools, potentially including limiting ammunition sales, recording who buys ammunition, and using a new technology that transfers a gun's serial number onto a bullet's shell casing any time the gun is fired, said two officials who know about the plans.
OK, can we finally make the official announcement that Menino is completely
out of ideas and has absolutely no fucking clue
what he's talking about? This is moronic on so many levels it is just mind-boggling.
"We want to tighten up how people can get ammunition," Police Superintendent Robert Dunford said.
What? The fingerprinting and criminal background check required of all individuals licensed to purchase ammunition in Massachusetts isn't enough for you?
Well, I got your DNA sample right here, pal.
"We're seeing loose rounds, a mix of ammunition. That might be a point of attack for us.
Are you proposing limiting ammunition sales to one caliber per purchase? Because that ingenious notion has got violent crime reduction written all over it.
Oh, wait, no it doesn't.
Currently, vendors are not required to record who buys ammunition, and buyers can purchase as much as they want, said Sergeant Detective Ray Mosher, who supervises the Boston Police Licensing unit, which regulates ammunition sales in the city.
You mean to tell me, licensed individuals, legally purchasing and possessing ammunition, can actually buy "as much as they want"?
Um....what's the problem again?
Unless you're implying that the violent crime in Boston is being perpetrated by, or can be directly attributed to, the licensed gun owners in the city, this horseshit scheme will predictably prove to be 110% useless, and serve only to restrict the rights of the law-abiding citizens, while the violent criminal population carries on at will, unaffected by such measures.
And to clarify, the BPD licensing unit does not regulate ammunition sales in the city of Boston, per se. What they do regulate is who gets to be issued a license in Boston for the purchase of ammunition and firearms throughout the Commonwealth.
Mosher also said the current law allows buyers with a license for one type of gun to buy ammunition for any type of gun.
You know what current state law also
requires? Issuing license to carry (or written letters of denial) within 40 days of the application date. You missed that one by 66 days, Detective.
As to your allegation that some people are able to buy ammunition for any type of gun, regardless of the type of license one holds, I don't see much (read: any) merit to that claim.
Class "A" License to Carry (LTC) holders can purchase any type of ammunition for sale in Massachusetts on the civilian market.
The same holds true for Class "B" LTC holders, with the main distinctions between the two classes being how the gun may be carried and the magazine capacity allowed - nothing, whatsoever, to do with caliber or ammunition type.
That leaves us with Firearms Identification Card (FID) holders. Basically, this license allows for the purchase and possession of non-high-capacity long guns (rifles and shotguns) and ammunition.
Last I checked, an FID holder could legally buy a rifle in this state chambered in many common handgun calibers
, including .22LR
, .38 Special
, .357 Magnum
, .44 Magnum
, and .45 ACP
. In addition, such a licensed individual could also purchase non-high-capacity rifles chambered in those calibers commonly associated with those scary, high-capacity "assault weapons", or "sniper rifles".
Care to explain your words, Detective? You wouldn't be feeding the Globe a string of bullshit there just to further your boss's political agenda, and remain in his good graces now, would you?
Police and city officials acknowledge that criminals could buy ammunition on the black market and out of state..."COULD"?"COULD"?
you dimwitted twits!
"...but they say they have noticed an apparent shortage of ammunition on the streets."
So, the problem seems to be gradually diminishing on its own? Well, shit! We better enact more gun control laws just to be sure. Who cares if it's not needed, or if it will do no fucking good! We need to make laws! It's what we do!
Go, read the whole thing, if you have the stomach for it this morning. Be warned, there are some breath-taking examples of blind ignorance and sheer stupidity therein.
Now, where's my damn suitcase?UPDATE: Links added.