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People weigh in on stricter ammunition laws

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

After the theatre massacre in Colorado, the gun control debate was back in the spotlight, but some say the ammunition you need to make the guns work is what the focus should be on.

While gun laws vary from state to state, there is one thing in common everywhere. When it comes to ammo, there is no limit to the amount someone can buy. James Holmes, the man police said is responsible for killing 12 people and injuring dozens more had purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online prior to the massacre in Colorado.

Depending on the type of firearm and usage, the amount ammunition varies.

“You kill a buck that's only one shot, but when I go for target practice, I have got a couple of handguns I use, I might use 50 to 100 rounds,” said Donald Smith, a gun owner who said he would be in favor of some ammo restrictions, especially for online sales.

Others said they purchase around 2,500 rounds per trip to the gun store.

“I will shoot somewhere in the neighborhood of six to eight hundred rounds a visit,” said Peyton Joseph, when he referred to his trips at the shooting range.

Joseph said he thought restrictions should not be placed on amounts of ammo sales, either at a shop or via the internet. He said he liked the current laws and hoped they would not change.

Federal and state laws are strict on who can purchase guns. Sellers require picture I.D.s and background checks.

Some said they believe it's the bullets that should be monitored more closely after what happened in Colorado, where the alleged shooter, James Holmes, purchased several thousand rounds online.

“I would think twice before I would say yeah you could have that much,” said Charles Campbell of JT's Gun & Pawn, Inc. of Hazard.
“We don't have that much ammunition here in this store.”

Smith said he could not imagine having to transport that amount of firearm power.

“There are some people out there that think you cannot ever have enough, but I mean where are you going to put that much ammo?” Smith said.

Others said they feel buying unlimited ammo through the internet is a scary thought.

“I feel like if they are buying that much ammo off the internet than the law should really look into it and see what's going on, because, definitely they plan on doing something with it,” said Glenna Caudill.

Caudill said her husband enjoyed hunting, but she had never known him to need more than a few dozen rounds when he went out.

Other gun enthusiasts said they think there should be no restrictions to how much ammo you can buy at one time because it is virtually impossible to carry thousands of rounds. One box holding 100 .45 caliber bullets, a relatively small handgun, weighs about 4 pounds. If a person were to purchase sixty of those, to equal 6,000 rounds of ammo, shop workers said it would weigh at least 240 pounds.

“We live in a free and open society and we are going to have to make the most of it when that happens,” said Joseph.
“Even if it happens to me, I would be an innocent victim just like those people in Colorado were.”

Many gun owners said ammo is much cheaper in bulk online but they still believe it should be more closely watched. They said there should be some sort of red flag if someone tries to buy thousands of rounds without a legitimate need for that much at one time.


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