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Wasserman Schultz: background checks needed for gun ammo purchases

She outlined the idea on Monday.
(The Associated Press)
(The Associated Press)
Published Mar. 26, 2018
Updated Mar. 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – Instant background checks would required for gun ammunition purchases under legislation proposed Monday by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

"Under current law, just as criminals, domestic abusers, and dangerously mentally ill individuals are prohibited from purchasing a firearm, they are also prohibited from purchasing ammunition. Unlike firearms, however, federal law does not require a background check to prevent the illegal purchase of bullets," Wasserman Schultz's office said in a release.

"The Ammunition Background Check Act of 2018 would close this loophole by requiring all buyers of ammunition to undergo an instant background check under the same FBI National Instant Background Check System (NICS), the same quick and easy process that applies to the purchase of firearms.

The Democrats called it "common sense" legislation but it's a longshot in the GOP-controlled Washington.

"Closing this absurd loophole will not by itself stop the next mass shooting tragedy. But this popular approach must be part of our larger strategy for ending gun violence," Wasserman Schultz said.

Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey require a background check to obtain a license to purchase or possess ammunition.

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