Debbie Wasserman Schultz, State AGs, Seek Ammunition Background Checks

HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 31: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speaks during a press conference at the Broward Regional Health Planning Council about the Affordable Care Act on October 31, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Rep. Wasserman Shultz addressed the 2018 Open Enrollment period that begins tomorrow. The deadline to sign …
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and 21 state attorneys general are pushing for Congressional action to secure background checks for ammunition sales.

The NRA-ILA reports the idea is the brainchild of Schultz, who wants all retail bullet sales to go through the same background check as retail gun sales.

Schultz’s bill, H.R. 1705, states:

It shall be unlawful for any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer to transfer ammunition to any other person who is not so licensed, unless a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer has first taken possession of the ammunition for the purpose of [ having the would-be buyer comply with a NICS background check requirement.]

Schultz’s bill sets for exceptions for would-be buyers who hold certain state-level licenses which require a background check for their issuance, but otherwise requires a background check for any retail ammunition purchase.

Attorneys general from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, signed a letter in support of Schultz’s ammunition background check plan.

Their letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and others in leadership positions.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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