Scott to Introduce Bill to Track Ammo Sales

By: Courtney Ann Jackson Email
By: Courtney Ann Jackson Email

A Mississippi lawmaker wants to see ammunition sales tracked. Rep. Omeria Scott says this is the third year she has tried to get this legislation passed.

Scott says, “With all of these murders all you hear is the public's outrage over all of these killings all over America that the public would want us to do something," said Scott. "And really this is passive. This is not an aggressive measure.”

Scott said she wants to see records kept of who buys what type of ammunition and how much. That would include having their Social Security or driver's license number on file.

“If you're somebody that's doing something shady, you're the ones that's going to be buying a lot of ammunition and selling it to these young people,” Scott said.

There's strong push-back on the idea from many lawmakers.

“I think the sooner we can kill that bill, get it out of the way, the better off we are," said Rep. Herb Frierson of the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee. "I don't see where that provides any benefit to anyone. It's just going to increase the cost of ammunition to sportsmen.”

Gov. Phil Bryant released a statement in response:

"Any bills that attempt to track ammunition, seize weapons or otherwise infringe upon the right of Mississippians to keep and bear arms are a frontal assault on the Second Amendment."

Bryant says he would immediately veto such bills if they reach his desk.

“I guess what I would say to the governor is to go out there and visit some of these graves and to go to some of these homes where people are maimed for life,” Scott said.

Still, it appears the debate will remain in the Capitol halls and never make it to the House floor.

“We did not take it up in committee last year and we won't be taking it up again this year,” said Rep. Scott Bounds, chairman of the Wildlife Committee.

The bill was actually sent to two different committees. Both committee chairmen say they won't take it up.


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