The new law prohibits the sale of any quantity of ammunition by anyone other than a licensed dealer and requires that such dealer perform a criminal background check on the purchaser and forward the purchaser's name, address, age, and occupation, and the quantity, caliber, and make of the ammunition, to a State Police database. Thus, the ammunition database creates a de facto universal long gun registry. A hunter who purchases a box of five 12-gauge deer slugs may think that his purchase is innocent enough; however, it will have the effect of informing the State Police that he owns a 12-gauge shotgun, enabling them to confiscate it in the future if they so choose.You see, you don't merely need the rounds for shooting at game, but also for range practice. Handgun skills are notoriously perishable, and you must be practice to keep your edge. Sure, dry fire helps, but it also helps to put a few rounds down range now and then. This is why having a press, even a Lee Loader and a supply of reloading components is also helpful. Te more independent you are, the less likely you will be to become a victim of the government when that government turns tyrannical.
I don't know where this is going to go. I know of several retired police officers who point out that their carry guns have more than 7 rounds, and they are not going to reduce that number because some pin head in Albany says so. The so-called "wonder nines" all pack 10 or more rounds, with the common Glock 19 carrying a minimum of 16 rounds. Sooner or later one of these retired police officers is likely to be convicted, and then it starts heading through the courts. Frankly, with Justice Roberts current attitude that it isn't his job to spare us from our stupid electoral decisions, it is anybody's guess how the Supremes will vote. After all, merely knowing where all the guns are is not the same thing as banning them. But, of course, once they start banning them, it will all be too late.
The ammunition registration is crucial to the law's confiscation scheme. The law affirmatively requires that a person's firearms must be confiscated if any order of protection is filed against him -- no matter how bogus the complaint may be. It also requires that a "mental health professional" (including a physician) who believes that an individual is a danger to himself or others must report his diagnosis to the police for purposes of firearm confiscation. Such a diagnosis is highly subjective and could be easily politicized. (For instance, in the 1964 presidential campaign, a group of psychiatrists "diagnosed" conservative Sen. Barry Goldwater as insane.) But the law exempts such "professionals" from civil liability; thus, any "mental health professional" who believes that all gun owners are "nuts" could initiate the confiscation of a person's firearms, and the gun owner is forbidden to file a civil suit to challenge the "diagnosis."Here is another area ripe for testing in court. Notice that merely the diagnosis by an anti-gun psychiatrist is enough to trigger the confiscation of your firearms. No finding by a court is needed. If you are a firearms owner, and your neighbor knows it...well...don't make your neighbors angry. That is always good advice, but now it becomes especially important. One wonders when it will occur to them that if you are in possession of a gun, you are already a felon with a gun, no need to convict, just send you off to Sing Sing.
Molon Labe, Andy.