According to its sponsor, Democratic State Rep. Brian Kirkland, the bill that requires photo identification to purchase firearm ammunition in Pennsylvania is intended to keep guns loaded from the hands of minors.
Current law prohibits the sale of ammunition based on the type of ammunition for which the seller has reasonable reason to believe that it is under the age of 18 or 21. However, sellers are not required to verify the age of the buyer by asking them to see the ID.
The law would require all ammunition buyers in Pennsylvania to provide an official form of photographic identification with every purchase of ammunition. Kirkland said it would strengthen existing legislation, ensuring that ammunition is not sold to children, without violating an individual’s Second Amendment rights.
“It’s a very safe law,” Kirkland told The Epoch Times. “I don’t think it is making it difficult for anyone to get a gun. You are given a card to buy alcohol or tobacco. There is no accountability of the ammunition seller.”
The plan adds accountability by imposing a fine of $1,000 on sellers for a first offense, $2,000 for a second offense, $3,000 for a third offense, and a 30-day ban from selling ammunition as a result of any subsequent offenses.
“With gun violence in my neighborhood (Chester, Pa.) and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—every time you turn on the TV, it’s a 15-, 16-, 17-year-old being shot or shot ,” Kirkland said. “They are going to have illegal guns or ghost guns on the streets. Ammunition is needed to use them. He added that some teenagers look like adults and it is currently possible for them to go to a gun store and buy ammunition.
“It seems like we must have something. If we can agree to legislate on alcohol and tobacco age limits, it should be something we can all agree on. We’re not taking away anyone’s guns. Huh.”
The bill has 19 Democrats co-sponsors. Kirkland has proposed the law in every legislative session since 2018, but he says the bill never went to committee.
“I hope I can get some bipartisan support,” he said.
Val Finnell, director of Gun Owners of Pennsylvania in America, says his group is opposing the proposal.
“There are already laws in place about buying ammunition,” Finnell told The Epoch Times.
Pennsylvania law makes it a crime for anyone to sell ammunition or lethal weapons to a minor.
“I don’t know why there is an age restriction for buying ammunition. This is yet another restriction placed on our constitutional rights,” Finnell said. “Democrats are against voter ID laws. They are against guns and ammunition. To me, it’s just hypocrisy. There should be no restriction.”
When it comes to providing identification to vote, Kirkland said that there have not been many cases of voter fraud, although he noted that a dead relative was caught voting in his district. He lives in opposition to Voter ID.
“I don’t want to discourage voting in communities that look like me. It’s a way to discourage voting. I’m totally against anything that’s going to obstruct voting,” Kirkland said.
News Originally From – The Epoch Times