Lawmakers Consider Background Checks for Ammo Purchases

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering implementing background checks and ID requirements for purchasing ammunition in the state. State Senators Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and John Kane (D-Chester/Delaware) argue that these measures are necessary to protect citizens from gun violence.

Current Gun Laws in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s existing gun laws prohibit the sale of ammunition to individuals below the age of 18 or 21, depending on the type of ammunition. However, there are no background checks or ID requirements currently in place for those purchasing ammunition.

Proposed Changes to Ammunition Regulations

The proposed law by Senators Haywood and Kane would introduce background checks and ID requirements for all individuals wishing to purchase ammunition in Pennsylvania. The lawmakers were prompted to take action after a teenager was fatally shot near Philadelphia’s Roxborough High School. The suspect, a convicted felon, had allegedly purchased ammunition despite existing restrictions.

In memos to House colleagues, Senators Haywood and Kane emphasized the need for a practical, common-sense approach to protecting children and Pennsylvania residents from gun violence: “We can enact an easy, common sense, requirement to protect children and all Pennsylvanians from gun violence.”


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