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TX Legislator Intros Bill to Track Bulk Ammo Purchases
Senator Roland Gutierrez (R-TX) announced sweeping gun legislation this week, making it the most comprehensive proposal in the state’s history.
Alongside other senators and family members from recent school shootings, Gutierrez unveiled his plan to adjust the purchasing-age requirements, create a bulk ammunition database, and require all gun owners to carry liability insurance.
Under Senate Bill 911, any retailer who sells more than 200 rounds to an individual must register the purchase in a state database with the name and address of the purchaser as well as the type and quantity of the ammunition.
Further, the bill would require anyone purchasing 200+ rounds undergo a background check before the sale through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This is the same system that handles firearms transactions.
“If you buy a Sudafed at the Walgreens, your information goes into a database. We should have the same requirements for ammunition,” Gutierrez explained.
“We should know when a young kid goes off and buys a bunch of ammo. We should know the quantity of that ammo. We should know who this person is.”
Regulations against ammunition don’t stop there. Another bill, Senate Bill 914, would require an ID to purchase ammo and make it a misdemeanor to knowingly sell ammo to anyone under 18.
In addition to targeting ammunition purchases, the senator also laid out several other gun policies he hopes to enact.
Senate Bill 145 would first adjust the minimum age to purchase any gun – long guns included – to 21. Current law allows those 18 and over to purchase long guns in the state.
Finally, Senate Bill 913 would mandate that all gun owners carry liability insurance covering property damage, injury, or death caused by their firearms. Exceptions would be given to military and law enforcement, though.
“These are things that should be codified in law. These are simple things and simple solutions that make it safer for all Texans,” Gutierrez said during a press conference.
CA Lawmakers Seek to End Off-Roster Police Exemption
California legislators have set their sights on the police exemption that allows officers to bypass the state’s Roster of Certified Handguns and the 10-day waiting period for personal handgun purchases.
Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-CA) introduced the new bill, SB 377, last week. Under SB 377, law enforcement officials would no longer be able to purchase “off-roster” handguns for personal use.
The bill also aims to eliminate the LE exemption from the 10-day waiting period the state mandates on all gun purchases.
Skinner said a proliferation of scandals involving California police officers buying off-roster guns and then selling them necessitated the bill.
“There’s no good reason to allow an exception when we know these weapons are unsafe. SB 377 closes the loophole that now allows law enforcement to buy these illegal guns,” Skinner said in a press release.
“Law enforcement officers are not allowed to purchase other illegal products in the state. Guns should be no different.”
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Kids Firearm Safety Bill Introduced in Oregon
Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation introduced a new bill in Oregon that aims to educate kids on firearms safety.
HB 3118, sponsored by Rep. Virgle Osbourne (R-OR), would allow public schools to offer firearm safety classes to students in first grade.
The bill is a follow-up to SB 801, which LeBlanc introduced in 2019.
Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation President Derek LeBlanc wrote the bill and emphasized how important it is for kids to be educated on firearms safety.
“When we ran my Senate Bill back in 2019, we started a national dialogue about bringing gun safety back into the schools,” LeBlanc told Pew Pew Tactical in an email.
“We take a tried-and-true approach to the safety of our kids because of our ability to present a ‘pro-safety’ message that crosses all political divides that is truly designed for every child not the ones with guns in their homes.”
LeBlanc said since the organization’s founding, Kids S.A.F.E. has reached over 27,000 kids in five states, teaching them lifesaving skills on dealing with an unsecured firearm.
“I look forward to working this bill through the Oregon Legislature on behalf of the kids of Oregon. ZERO firearm accidents is the only acceptable goal!!®”
To support LeBlanc’s mission to educate kids, check out Kids S.A.F.E.
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The call for bulk purchase tracking has been ongoing ever since the Aurora Theatre Shooting in 2012. It starts and stops and a few States have passed Legislation. To date, I'm unaware that any of the Legislation has been successfully challenged in court. So the best way to fight this appears to be undermining support before it passes.
What constitutes a Bulk Purchase? The media and Politicians wet their pants at 200 rounds, but for anyone who shoots regularly and often, 200 rounds isn't even an afternoon's worth of ammo.
How many of the recent (last 10 or so years) made bulk ammo purchases online? TTBOMK, the only one I recall is the Aurora Theatre Shooter. So, how exactly would this bill help proactively to prevent a shooting? Is the State going to do a Psych Eval on anyone who makes a bulk purchase, because that's the only way this might conceivably have a chance of questionably working at all. As proposed, it only serves as a list for future confiscation.
Texans need to write their Legislators and voice their opposition, otherwise this may very well pass.
Mandatory liability insurance? Somebody's on the insurance industry's payroll. And a database of everyone who purchases more than 200 rounds at once is basically just a database of all gun owners. Gee, why would they want that?
So the Sudafed database that makes it harder to get Sudafed but does nothing to stop meth manufacturing sounds like a great idea?
I'm going to sit down this evening and read the Amendment that says the right to manufacture meth shall not be infringed. Senator Gutierrez can you please point me in the right direction?
18 and I purchased my long gun and got it today to see that there’s a bull saying that I can’t own a firearm no matter what it is till I’m 21 is worrisome
When you talk about gun bills being proposed by legislators, you MUST put down party affiliation. It is VERY important to know where these bills come from.
It isn't too difficult to guess on this one.
Hey Tadd, we're an apolitical site. We just report quick snippets of what's going on in the industry so readers can make their own opinions or research topics more in-depth if they feel like it. Thanks for reading!
I don't think it would excessively politicize the site to indicate party affiliation, e.g., Senator Roland Gutierrez (D - TX 19th District).
We heard the feedback and decided to add party affiliation for clarification. This article has been updated to reflect that. Thanks for the suggestion!
Sooo, cops that regularly mag dump on perps aren't responsible for collateral damage caused by inevitable wild shots? Hmm And how many mass shooters stock up on ammo? Maybe one in recent history. Law abiding citizens that need to practice to stay sharp (and safe) are suspect! All great ideas Senator.
Gutierrez would have the government watching everybody who buys a carton of .22 LR ammo.