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SB-12 A Tax on Ammunition and Threat to Gun Rights
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SB-12 A Tax on
Ammunition and Threat to Gun Rights � Commentary
by Steve Scroggins
Barry Soetoro (aka Barack Hussein Obama - known supporter of
gun control and prohibitive ammunition taxes) was elected
President, a form of "back-door gun control" was sweeping through
state legislatures across the country in 2008.
Larry Pratt, Executive Director of
Gun Owners of America, in his column entitled, "ENCODING
AMMUNITION WILL ONLY AID CRIMINALS," warned us about it back
in February of 2008. During 2008, "Encoding" Legislation popped up
in numerous states including Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi,
Tennessee and others...and actually passed in California. See
website listing of related legislation.
SB 12, the ammo taxers and gun grabbers aim
their assault at Georgians once again.
Senator Ronald Ramsey, Sr
(D., 43rd District) has prefiled
Senate Bill 12 in the Georgia General Assembly for the session
to open in 2009. The bill requires that all ammunition sold or
possessed in Georgia must be have unique codes stamped onto the
projectile, the casing and the retail packaging. It provides for a
database to track the purchases of said ammunition and for the
projectiles and casings sold for hand loading. It provides
penalties for those possessing or selling unencoded ammunition. It
provides for taxing the ammunition (projectiles, casings or
cartidges) at one half cent per round.
As Pratt suggests, the crime reduction and
law enforcement payoff for this measure is highly questionable and
its alleged value comes nowhere near justifying the cost of
enforcement and data collection. It is highly questionable whether
such measures would result in any credible crime-solving tool. As
the NRA points out, various ammo tracking schemes at the national
level were abandoned because they are not feasible or worthy of
the effort. In addition, the ATF's
record-keeping practices have long been in question.
ATF (BATFE - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives) has a database of thousands of machine
guns registered as required by law. According to Pratt, a BATFE
training video depicts former BATFE registry head Thomas Busey
telling new BATFE agents that the machine gun registry is "about
50 percent inaccurate."
Canada has had a handgun registry since
1934 that has never, ever, once been used to solve a crime.
Their effort to register long guns has resulted in failure and
scandal (hackers have penetrated the system and stolen guns from
collectors identified in the registry).
Knowing this, does anyone believe for a
minute that BATFE, which cannot keep an accurate data base of a
few thousand machine guns, can actually keep track of hundreds
of millions of bullets? Police will end up solving crimes the
way they do now -- without help from gun or bullet registries.
Does anyone believe that the Georgia
Department of Public Safety can do any better with a database of
millions (perhaps billions) of bullets?
As the NRA points out in their
Ammunition Summary, there is a long history of efforts to
curtail and restrict private gun ownwership by taxing or outlawing
ammunition. NRA lists
numerous good reasons to oppose the Maryland (2008)
legislation and any similar ammunition encoding legislation.
In effect, such ammo legislation becomes a
massive tax on ammunition users who will foot the bill which
effectively infringes on our Second Amendment rights and which
makes recreational shooting cost prohibitive. .22 Caliber
ammunition which can be used in rifles as well as handguns is
subject to this tax.
Anyone with minimal knowledge of ballistics
knows that hollow points and fragmenting projectiles are very
unlikely to be recoverable with usable encoding. Revolvers and
guns equipped with brass catchers will not leave encoded casings
at crime scenes. And finally, we know that criminals obey "gun
control" laws in the same manner that politicians follow their
oaths of office. Most steal the weapons and ammunition they use in
crime. The proposed database will lead police investigators to the
victims of theft and very seldom to the wrongdoer.
As Mark Twain once said, "No man's life,
liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session."
At least one legislator is plotting another goofy waste of your
money... AND your liberties are under attack. We should all take
action right away.
Various sportsmens groups (e.g., the Camo
Coalition, et al) and gun rights groups are gearing up to oppose
SB 12 in Georgia. We, the people, need to make sure that this
attempt to take our rights fails.
Please contact your State Senator and House
Representative (and Sen. Ramsey) and let them know you oppose SB
12. You can use the form on the Camo Coalition website (
write your own email.
Find your legislator
Below is the letter I wrote to Sen. Ramsey,
Sen. Staton and Rep. Peake.
to SB 12
I am opposed to SB 12 you pre-filed
requiring coding of ammunition used in handguns. I am copying
my state senator and representative with this message so they
will know of my opposition and to ask them not to support this
This bill is a threat to the Second
Amendment and to all hunters and shooters. As a Georgia
Sportsman, I appreciate your dedication to public service;
however, I oppose any public officials� attempt to negatively
impact my sport, our outdoor traditions or my second amendment
right through measures such as this.
SB-12 is a massive tax on ammunition
users requiring enormous spending on tracking efforts with
very very little payoff in terms of law enforcement. I buy
ammunition for my .22 caliber guns (rifles and handguns) by
the hundreds because they are more affordable for the target
shooter. Your feel-good legislation accomplishes nothing
substantial in crime reduction while making our recreation
Sir, as an attorney, do you have any
knowledge of ballistics? Hollowpoint rounds disintegrate on
impact and leave little trace. Revolvers and weapons equipped
with brass-catchers leave no brass at crime scenes. Again,
SB-12 offers very little value relative to its cost. I urge
you to research the subject and withdraw this harmful
legislation. Doing otherwise suggests that your real
motivation is to effectively neuter the 2nd Amendment.
"Wherever standing armies are kept up,
and when the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under
any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not
already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. "
--Henry St. George Tucker, Blackstone�s 1768 Commentaries on
the Laws of England
"Firearms are second only to the
Constitution in importance; they are the Peoples' Liberty's
Teeth." --George Washington
"[The Constitution preserves] the
advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people
of almost every other nation...(where) the governments are
afraid to trust the people with arms. " --James Madison,
The Federalist Papers, No. 46
"The constitutions of most of our
States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that...
it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.""
"Arms in the hands of the citizens may
be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country,
the overthrow of tyranny, or private self defense."
"Guard with jealous attention the
public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.
Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined."
"To disarm the people is the best and
most effectual way to enslave them." --George Mason
will go down in History! For the first time, a civilized nation
has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police
more efficient and the world will follow our lead to the
future!" --Adolph Hitler
"I don't care about crime, I just want
to get the guns." --Senator Howard Metzenbaum
"Freedom is a
fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from
extinction." -- Ronald Reagan