In 2007, the sponsor of â€śencoded ammunitionâ€?legislation in Maryland urged lawmakers across the country to introduce the same kind of legislation in their states. This legislation would require ammunition manufacturers to engrave a serial number on â€śthe base of the bullet and the inside of the cartridge casing of each roundâ€?of ammunition for popular sporting caliber center-fire rifles, all center-fire pistols, all .22 rimfire rifles and pistols, and all 12 gauge shotguns.
This â€śEncoded Ammunitionâ€?legislation essentially amounts to bullet and cartridge case registration. If enacted, it would mean forfeiture of currently owned ammunition; a separate registration for every box of new ammunition; outrageously expensive ammunition costs for police and private citizens alike; and a waste of taxpayer money that could be better spent on effective police programs.
This type of highly restrictive legislation has repeatedly been proven ineffective and is opposed by BATFE and most mainstream law enforcement organizations.
We will keep you informed of any developments in your state so that you may strenuously oppose this type of legislation. For additional information, please visit http://www.nraila.org/Issues/FactSheets/Read.aspx?id=227&issue=005.