“Whenever I hear on the news, So and So was stopped with a 1000 rounds of ammunition, I think that guy was almost out of ammo” ~ Anonymous
New Jersey --(Ammoland.com)- Much has been made in news coverage and from the usual list of Gun Control Liars and their political demigods about the fact that Aurora Colorado Shooter James Holmes accumulated 6000 rounds of ammunition for the various firearms he acquired in the months proceeding his monstrous act.
As happens with most everything related to the ownership and use of firearms, the talking heads reveal their incredible ignorance of the subject matter, in which case they are hardly qualified to comment at all.
6,000 rounds of ammunition certainly sounds sensational, but its really not that much. As an enthusiast, Instructor and Range Safety Officer I know from personal experience that it is not all that hard or even necessarily uncommon to go through that much ammunition in a single weekend at the range, a training class, competition or practice. I regularly purchased ammunition by the case ( 1k rounds ), multiple cases in fact, since I was taking several different caliber and style firearms to the range, nearly every weekend.
Of course, back then, cases of 5.56 and 7.62 could be had for a tad over one hundred dollars each, now, not so much,
I know several people, from all walks of life that routinely stockpile 10k, 20k, even 30 thousand rounds of ammunition at home, for a variety of reasons, all of them legal and none that have to do with any nefarious plot.Not to mention the hobbyist re-loaders, who, with relatively little equipment, and by recycling the brass casings or shot gun shell hulls discarded by others can easily produce several thousand rounds of ammunition, in the privacy of their own home, with no one ever knowing and no way to “trace” the munitions, not that there would even be a need too.
Incidentally, the reloading hobby is just one of several reasons why the idea of “micro-stamping ” of shell casings in order to solve crimes is such a fools errand.
To put it in perspective for those unfamiliar with all things firearms, when you see Chase Utley in a game, he might swing at 9 to 12 pitches per game. What you dont see is the hundreds of pitches he swings at in practice. Dont like baseball ? The Phillies are pretty bad this year. Fine, the same example applies to football, hockey, basketball and a whole myriad of other activities. What at first blush seems “excessive” to people that have no idea, is really nothing to be concerned about when you make the decision to examine things beneath the surface and have the understanding and knowledge of the subject one necessarily needs in order to offer rational, intelligent opinion or commentary.
But such character traits are as repulsive to gun grabbers as garlic is to vampires.
The idea of harsher laws on ammunition sales is dead on arrival, as it rightly should be. The Federal Govt, specifically Janet Incompitano’s Dept of Homeland Security has already squandered whatever credibility they may have had when they claimed last year that anyone “stockpiling” camping gear, “survival gear“, ammunition, weapons, or a whole host of other perfectly legal hobby products was an indication of the possibility they could be a domestic terrorist
By all accounts, 9/11 happened because Federal Law Enforcement had shifted their focus to financial type crimes and therefore missed all the warning signs that something was in the works. To much information, not enough Agents and looking the wrong way all contributed to the 9/11 hijackers slipping in to execute their plan unnoticed until it was far to late. And as a result Americans have lost more freedoms in the last ten years then at any other point in the Countries history.
Any proposal on ammunition purchase restrictions is fraught with the same unintended consequences. The only way to properly implement such a scheme would be a massive increase in Federal Law Enforcement Agents, something the nearly bankrupt United States can certainly not afford. Assigning existing Agents to examine and investigate every “suspicious purchase” that turns out to be nothing more then a law abiding enthusiast or competitor purchasing ammunition means those same Agents wont be looking for the real threats and real criminals.
Not to mention the Constitutional hazard.
What good is keeping and bearing arms if your gun is empty? Wait,, that is probably the gun grabbers point anyway.
If someone buys several thousand rounds, legally and for whatever lawful purpose they choose, regardless of how much Gun Control forces dont like it, should that person now expect a knock at the door from a Federal Agent, and have to answer questions or submit to a search or even explain his or her reasons for purchasing legal items, absent any probable cause or even reasonable suspicion that they have or plan to commit a crime ?
And the main stream media and proponents for gun and ammunition bans, wonder why they have no credibility anymore ?
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Dan Roberts is a grassroots supporter of gun rights that has choosen AmmoLand Shooting Sports News as the perfect outlet for his insiteful articles on Guns and Gun Owner Rights.
As a resident of the oppressive state of New Jersey he is well placed to be able to discuss the abuses of government against our inalienable rights to keep and bear arms as he writes from deep behind NJ’s Anti-Gun iron curtain. Dan Roberts