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Ammo Purchases in New York Must Now be Recorded, Buyers to Undergo Background Checks
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ammo Purchases in New York Must Now be Recorded, Buyers to Undergo Background Checks

Starting today you must buy ammunition in person in person in New York, sellers must document the transaction and eventually buyers will be subject to background checks.

The new rule is the latetst compoenet of the State's SAFE Act which was passed last year following the massacre of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, Conn.

The law has banned the sales of some popular semi-automatic rifles and large-capacity ammunition magazines. The regulations require federal background checks on private gun sales and imposing felony penalties for illegal gun possession.

Now, ammunition transactions are required to take place in person, which means no internet sales of bullets.

Organizations like shooting ranges and hunting clubs that distribute ammunition on their premises can register to keep getting direct shipments. According to state police, the law will require retailers to record bullet sales and do background checks on buyers once a state database is operating. The measure is intended to keep bullets away from convicted felons, the mentally ill and other individuals that are prohibited from possesing them.

Pro-gun groups have appealed this latets provision.

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