A bill to appropriately restrict sales of ammunition. Read More


This bill was introduced on Jan 29, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
Jan 29, 2013


Bill Text


To appropriately restrict sales of ammunition.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013''.


Congress finds the following: (1) Under current Federal law, it is illegal to sell firearms or ammunition to certain individuals, including felons, fugitives, drug addicts, and those deemed ``mentally defective'' or committed to a mental institution. (2) There is no requirement under Federal law that sellers of ammunition conduct a background check to determine whether potential purchasers are in fact prohibited by law from buying ammunition. (3) By contrast, under current Federal law, licensed sellers of firearms are required by law to conduct an instant background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System of the Justice Department. (4) Over the last decade, there have been over 100,000,000 background checks conducted under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System with respect to firearms sales, resulting in the blocking of more than 1,500,000 sales of firearms to felons, fugitives, drug addicts, and the mentally ill, among others. (5) The vast majority of instant background checks on firearms purchases occur in an average of 30 seconds, at minimal inconvenience to firearms sellers and law-abiding purchasers. (6) The requirement of background checks for ammunition purchases would pose a minimal inconvenience to ammunition sellers and law-abiding purchasers, and would help reduce gun- related violence. (7) Current Federal...

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195 Supporting
4841 Opposing
4% 96%

State: CA

24 Supporting
283 Opposing
8% 92%

District: 1st

2 Supporting
11 Opposing
15% 85%

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More Legislation processes to try and infringe on our Second Amendment. I would say the Ammunition for the Firearms, as stated in the Constitution would fall under the 2nd Amendment as well. We all oppose! any kind of reguation on ammuntion purchases. Don't Tread on ME!

Next-Gen Patriots 2 years ago

This bill requires a background check for any transfer of ammunition. Technically, I cannot hand my friend a loaded magazine at the range under this bill. Also, this bill expands the definition of armor-piercing and incendiary ammunition, and bans such ammunition. This bill will criminalize otherwise lawful conduct by law-abiding citizens. It will simply drive illicit ammunition sales into a black market, where there is no accountability of any kind. We strongly oppose this bill.

S. 174, if passed, would require background checks for ammunition transfers by unlicensed persons, recordkeeping for sales of ammunition, prohibits the interstate sale of ammunition, requires the reporting of multiple sales or other dispositions whenever the licensee sells or otherwise disposes of, at one time or during any 5 consecutive business days, a large quantity of ammunition (this amount is to be determined by the Attorney General) to an unlicensed person, and make it a crime to steal ammunition. S. 174 also expands the definition of armor-piercing ammunition to include “a bullet or projectile which is coated with Teflon or any chemical compound with properties similar to Teflon” and bans “incendiary ammunition” (i.e., “a bullet that is designed for the purpose of, held out by the manufacturer or distributor as, or generally recognized as having a specialized capability to ignite upon impact . . . [including] such bullets commonly designated as ‘M1 Incendiary,’ ‘M23 Incendiary,’ ‘M8 Armor-Piercing Incendiary,’ ‘API,’ ‘M20 Armor-Piercing Incendiary Tracer,’ or ‘APIT.’). The bill would also prohibit the possession and/or transfer of armor piercing ammunition. Possession of armor piercing ammunition or incendiary ammunition lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date the bill’s provisions are enacted would be grandfathered in, but the transfer, sale, and delivery of grandfathered ammunition is still prohibited.

We will release a detailed position once the bill's text has been released. At this time, however, this appears to be a bill that we will not support.

Users Supporting

I support The Ammunition Background Check Act because this is a simple way to curtail mass shootings. The 2nd Amendment makes no mention of ammunition, so withstanding judicial review shouldn't be a problem. Owning a gun may be a right but owning ammunition isn't. It only makes sense that one should have a legitimate, lawful purpose for obtaining ammunition for an instrument of death. If a citizen has nothing to hide, then passing a background check shouldn't be a problem. I urge you to support this common sense bill.

1 year ago

I support The Ammunition Background Check Act because if gun nuts won't let us better regulate guns, we CAN regualte ammo!

1 year ago

I support The Ammunition Background Check Act because ammunition is the fuel for mayhem when mass shootings occur. Reasonable availability of ammunition makes sense but not unlimited access without the ability to understand potential dangerous situations.

1 year ago

I support The Ammunition Background Check Act because it is unconstitutional. There is no provision of the constitution that would authorize this legislation.

1 year ago

I support S. 174: Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013 because people say that the bad guys will get guns no matter what. Why should we make it easy for them to get the ammo to use in those guns? It doesn't make any sense that we would check to see if someone can legally own a gun, but we wouldn't check when they're buying something that can only be used in a gun.

2 years ago

I support S. 174: Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013 because it aids in the enforcement of already existing laws, with little or no inconvenience to lawful buyers. Common sense, right?

2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose The Ammunition Background Check Act because... This is just steps away from the Government being intrusive in the personal lives of the citizens of The United States of America. You may as well spy on my internet searchs and cell phone use. The people would not pay for this if it came out of everyones pocket. When you are able to print all the money you want this is the outcome...the death of America. Shame on you for allowing this to happen.

1 year ago

I oppose The Ammunition Background Check Act because it will do nothing to stop murder and crime. Murder is already illegal, and that fact does not stop the violence. Criminals do not follow the law. They will find a way to act on their plans for havoc and mayhem. Furthermore, many law abiding Americans, including myself, would be required to pay a Tax imposed to pay for this background check. Please oppose S. 174: The Ammunition Background Check Act.

1 year ago

I oppose The Ammunition Background Check Act because background checks are ineffective in reducing gun violence, and this process would add significant burden to those exercising their right to keep and bear arms protected by the Second Amendment of our Constitution.

1 year ago

I oppose The Ammunition Background Check Act because "shall not be infringed" means just that

1 year ago

I oppose The Ammunition Background Check Act because, please do your research and do not support knee-jerk emotional bills. Gun violence is actually down, but of course in bad neighborhoods things do occur. We always need our rights as Americans to be respected....always support our rights to own firearms, ammunition and anything that goes along with this. This kind of legislation makes my blood boil, and mostly comes from Democrats. So please ALWAYS support our Bill of Rights and our Constitution. Also support term limits, for we need to get rid of those people who want more government control!

1 year ago

Bill Summary

A bill to appropriately restrict sales of ammunition.

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