History almost always repeats itself. It may not do it the exact same way because different people do things differently, and a lot is dictated by the technology of the time. But, there is a story from our history that many refer to as the powder alarm. The powder alarm is the point in history when the British Soldiers confiscated American gun powder.
Not a shot was fired if my memory serves me correctly, but many historians rightly attribute that event to be the unofficial start of the Revolutionary War. And even if it wasn't, I think we can all agree that this act was at least one of the instigations leading to the war.
And while I'm no historian, I believe the reason why this was the unofficial start is because it proved that the Brits had harmful intentions and didn't want the Americans to have the ability to protect themselves.
And this is the event in history that I point to when I'm getting into it with an anti-gunner who says the Second only applies to guns, not ammo (and also the argument I use when they want to ban anything gun related to include the smallest piece of plastic. It all applies under the Second Amendment if it is meant for a gun).
I've been saying for a while that if gun control itself fails that the next logical thing for those who hate guns and want to see us unarmed would be to come after our ammunition. And of course, there is always the chance that they go after both at the same time.
I hate this because we're living in a world right now where ammo is extremely hard to get unless we are willing to pay a small fortune for it.
So we're currently seeing what this world looks like with a limited ammo supply and background checks would effectively make matters much, much worse. Why? Because those of us who can only afford to buy so much ammo at a time will be able to buy even less.
After all, every time you do a background check for a gun you have to pay a transfer fee for it. At least, I've always had to pay for one.
This price can range anywhere from 15 to 50 bucks per background check, and it makes sense because the FFL is doing work that he should be paid for. The problem with doing this for ammo, is that those guys who go into the store to buy one box of ammo at a time will go broke buying ammo, or they won't train with their firearms.
Or, maybe even worse, we'll see mass hording of ammunition as those who can afford to buy a lot buy all of it to prevent having to do background checks on something we shouldn't have to do a background check for in the first place.
And who knows, maybe that's the end goal. We're already seeing this play out with the current shortage. If you can't afford to buy ammo you won't be getting any. It's that simple.
But at the current prices for a box of 9mm, let's call it $30, if I had to tack on an extra 15 dollars I'll be paying $45 for a box of 50 training rounds. Taxes? Shipping? The price obviously goes up even higher.
And in some instances, ammo is already costing about that much, meaning it'll be even higher until the suppliers get caught up on the backlog.
I took all of the above space just to tell you about a bill that is in pre-filing status in Florida that is called HB 25. Here is a copy/paste from that linked page that says what the point of HB25 actually is – Sales of Ammunition: Requires background checks for sale or transfer of ammunition.
Now I don't claim to know what the intent is with this, or if you'd need to do a background check each time or if it'd be waived if you had a permit to carry or whatever the finalized proposition will say, but having to go through a background check for something that is needed for the gun to be fired, that isn't the gun itself, seems a little silly.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to go through a background check each time I want to buy some ammo. Granted, I don't live in Florida and this is just in pre-filing status but none of that is my actual point. The point is that this is always on the mind of the anti-gunners and is likely a goal for them at some point.
What better way to disarm us than make sure we can't find ammo for the guns we already have? I wouldn't be surprised if at some point this wasn't just in Florida, but across the entire nation.
Stay vigilant my friends, seems like our fight is still on the horizon.
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