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Correction: Backdoor Ammo Bans

In case it wasn't perfectly clear, the proposal to put serial numbers on every round of ammunition and ban all older ammo that isn't numbered was cockamamie nonsense from ignorant deluded dreamers, and did not pass anywhere (it showed up in 20 states). (See "Backdoor Ammo Bans.") The idiotic/clever scheme would have banned ammunition, and everyone recognized that, especially its proponents. The National Shooting Sports Foundation made it clear: "Bullet serialization -- the process by which each individual round of ammunition is identified and marked with a laser engraved serial number -- is not feasible from a practical standpoint and any legislation mandating such action could rightfully be considered a de facto ban on ammunition." ( The most dangerous part of the proposal is that there are people out there thinking that way -- and they have worse ideas, if that's possible --


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