Prohibits the sale or purchase of more than 500 rounds of ammunition during any period of 30 days; makes a violation of such provisions a class A misdemeanor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to limiting the sale of ammunition
PURPOSE: Prohibits the sale or purchase of more than 500 rounds of ammunition during any period of 30 days.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the business law to prohibit a retail firearms dealer from selling or transferring more than 500 rounds of ammunition to a single individual during a thirty (30) day period. It also prohibits an individual from purchasing more than 500 rounds of ammunition during a thirty (30) day period. These provisions shall not apply to any shooting range, police office, law enforcement or corrections agency, members of the armed forces or national guard, or licensed firearms dealer. This section also creates a recording requirement whereby the dealer must record certain indentifying information about the purchaser or transferee and the ammunition purchased or transferred. It shall be a class A misdemeanor to violated any provisions of this section.
Section 2. Establishes the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: There is currently no limit on the quantity of ammunition an individual may purchase under New York State law. It is understandable that a law-abiding sportsman or hobbyist might want to purchase ammunition in bulk quantity in order to save money, but permitting the sale of 500 rounds at a time should accomplish this goal. However, individuals looking to purchase ammunition in bulk, particularly those for whom 500 bullets per month would be insufficient, may be agents of a criminal enterprise or potential perpetrators of the kind of mass atrocities like those that took place at Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Aurora, Colorado. It is important to strike a balance between crime prevention and the rights of law-abiding individuals and this bill accomplishes that balance.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7828 IN SENATE August 1, 2012 ___________Introduced by Sen. PERALTA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to limiting the sale of ammunition THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new article 38-B to read as follows: ARTICLE 38-B SALE OF AMMUNITION SECTION 825. SALE OF AMMUNITION; LIMITED. S 825. SALE OF AMMUNITION; LIMITED. 1. NO RETAIL DEALER SHALL SELL OR TRANSFER MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED ROUNDS OF ANY AMMUNITION TO ANY PERSON DURING ANY PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS. 2. NO PERSON SHALL PURCHASE OR RECEIVE MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED ROUNDS OF ANY AMMUNITION DURING ANY PERIOD OF THIRTY DAYS. 3. THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS ONE AND TWO OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY SHOOTING RANGE, POLICE OFFICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT OR CORRECTIONS AGENCY, MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OR NATIONAL GUARD, OR LICENSED FIREARMS DEALERS. 4. UPON EACH SALE OF AMMUNITION BY A RETAIL DEALER, SUCH DEALER SHALL RECORD THE NAME, ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH AND TELEPHONE NUMBER OF THE PURCHASER, AND THE QUANTITY, MANUFACTURER, TYPE AND CALIBER OR GAUGE OF THE AMMUNITION PURCHASED. 5. ANY PERSON WHO VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD16412-01-2