Monday, January 19, 2009

Ammo with Serial Numbers -- Urban myth in the works

Fact takes a look at a panic-stricken email and pulls it down to earth.
Good example of how a little bit of fact can grow into a big misrepresentation.

Q: Are states going to require serial numbers on bullets and require disposal of existing ammunition?

A: Such a proposal is being pushed by a company that holds a patent on bullet-coding technology. But none of the 31 bills introduced last year ever made it out of committee.

The idea is being pushed mainly by a single company that holds a patent on bullet-coding technology, so far without much success. Last year lawmakers in 18 states proposed legislation that would require handgun ammunition to be coded, but not one of those bills came to a vote or even made it out of committee. In 2005 the California state Senate approved a so-called "Ammunition Accountability" measure by a vote of 21 to 18, but the proposal then died in the Assembly without coming to a vote there.

This post is not a toss-away factoid.
Right-wing nut cases are squirming these days.
Otherwise sensible people in my own peer group were not immune to a lot of the fear-mongering disinformation circulating during the campaign.
Dave Niewert has been keeping track. His observations are worth noting. "...gun owners brace for what they believe will be a new era of gun control in Washington."

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