New “Bullet Regulation” Coming For Gun Owners?

( In an op-ed at USA Today, writer Jeanine Santucci advocates for background checks and other regulations for the sale of bullets.

Citing statistics, Santucci notes that billions of rounds are sold in the United States each year, “making bullet sales a booming business.” During the pandemic, gun sales reached historic highs leading to an ammunition shortage.

What bothers Santucci is that Americans appear to be stockpiling bullets and guns. And while “public attention” is focusing on gun control, Santucci wants to know “what about the bullets?”

She quotes Democrat Attorney General Matthew Platkin of New Jersey who states the blazingly obvious point that ammunition “plays a large role in mass shootings,” and bemoans the fact that bullets are “less regulated” than firearms.

Platkin oversees a new office designed to “sue gun and ammunition manufacturers when their products cause harm.”

Of course he does.

Santucci’s op-ed also quotes Ari Freilich, the policy director for former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ anti-gun group the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, who bemoaned how easy it is in much of the country to order bullets online and have them “delivered to their door as if ordering a pizza.”

Unsurprisingly, Freilich praised California for having “some of the most comprehensive” ammunition regulations in the country, including requiring background checks on people buying only ammo.

Santucci also calls for restricting large-capacity magazines noting that proponents say it would force a shooter to “stop to reload a weapon sooner and more often,” allowing time for him to be subdued or for people to escape.

But Breitbart’s second amendment columnist AWR Hawkins noted in a column last week that Santucci avoids the fact that Nicholas Cruz, the mass murderer who killed 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in 2018 managed to kill all those people using magazines containing only 10 rounds.