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City May Start To Track Ammunition Sales

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    City May Start To Track Ammunition Sales

    By Kurt Helin
    Editor

    Long Beach is considering a step that would track ammunition sales in the city.

    An ordinance that would require people buying bullets to present identification, leave a fingerprint and more was pulled from the City Council agenda this week but is expected to return in the near future.

    Previously, the majority of City Council members were supportive of the plan. They sent the item to the city’s Public Safety Advisory Commission for review first. Recently that body backed the idea.

    “Ammunition sales records are an important crime prevention and investigation tool,” said First District Councilwoman Bonnie Lowenthal previously. “With ammunition sales records, our law enforcement officials will have a mechanism to deter prohibited purchasers from attempting to buy ammunition while keeping track of ammunition sales to identify when an illegal sale has been made.”

    Under the new ordinance, anyone looking to purchase ammunition in the city would have to provide information such as a driver’s license (or other proof of their identity and residence), their signature and a thumbprint. The store selling the ammunition would need to keep a record of that person, the date of the transaction, the brand and type of ammunition purchased and the name of the sales person.

    All of that information would be sent to the Long Beach Police Department.

    The LBPD has supported the measure, speaking in favor of it both before the council and the Public Safety Commission.

    However, there has been opposition, most notably from the National Rifle Association. On its Web site, the NRA urges members to contact the Long Beach mayor and City Council and voice opposition to the proposal.

    “The Federal law requiring ammunition purchasers to present I.D. was repealed by the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 because it was found to be ineffective in reducing crime,” the NRA Web site states.

    Long Beach would not be the first city to have such an ordinance. Long Beach’s would be based on one from Tiburon, Calif., and there are similar ordinances in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

    The issue is expected to be back before the City Council in the coming weeks for discussion and a vote.
     
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