Â By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press
“It’s time to close the loophole that’s allowing killers â€” deranged, insane â€” and even terrorists to buy ammunition online,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.
He was joined Monday on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan by U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York to announce the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.
McCarthy’s husband was killed and their son paralyzed in 1993 after a gunman opened fire on a Long Island Rail Road train, leaving five others dead.
Lautenberg said he and McCarthy, both Democrats, were “on a mission”: to ensure the safety of all Americans by passing legislation that would close loopholes in gun laws allowing people like the suspect in the Aurora, Colo., shootings “to anonymously stockpile for mass murder.”
Under the bill, only licensed dealers would be allowed to sell ammunition. They would have to notify a law enforcement official within five business days about any sale of more than 1,000 rounds to an unlicensed person.
The bill also would require buyers who aren’t licensed dealers to show a photo ID. And that would mean eye contact with someone purchasing ammunition.
“If you’re going to buy these large amounts of ammunition, somebody should see your face,” Lautenberg said.
Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online “like you might order shoes or food,” Lautenberg said. “He didn’t have to interact with another human being who could have noticed his abnormal behavior.”
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