Saturday, November 12, 2016

Who Supports Ammo Serialization Laws?

Why the owner of the company that would profit from the mandates of course. 

Hmmm.  Ammo Coding Systems.  A non-IL company.  Lets take a look at some tidbits from their 'fact sheet' on how 'reasonable' this idea is:

Implementation of the ACS Technology

The implementation of the ACS technology will require legislation to establish an ammunition sale database. In those states that have already developed and implemented bar-coding systems that include driver’s licenses and other forms of identification, the integration of a database system to record ammunition sales will be relatively simple and inexpensive to implement.
So registration, more licensing, and taxes/fees. 

What are the costs to manufacturers?

There are several well known manufacturers currently producing a significant portion of the current commercially available ammunition in the United States. Each ammunition producer would be required to purchase at least one, if not more, laser engraving machines and ammunition material handlers to produce ACS coded ammunition. There are several manufacturers who can design and build this equipment. Reliable estimates for a complete set of engraving/material handling equipment range from $300,000 to $500,000 each. A licensing fee for each bullet sold would also be required. However, since approximately 10 billion bullets are sold in the United States alone each year, equipment costs, once amortized over the number of bullets produced and sold are not significant.
So the complete redesign of manufacturing facilities and millions of dollars in expenses both initial and long-term, all which will either put the company out of business or be passed onto consumers. Which they admit. There's also the bit about 'licensing fee' which can be withdrawn arbitrarily.

What is the impact on retailers and consumers?

Ammunition retailers will also have some minor administrative costs. These costs, like other costs associated with doing business will most likely be passed onto the retailer purchaser. We estimate that the entire ACS process can be implemented without dramatically increasing the purchase price to the end user while maintaining an effective crime fighting system paid for almost exclusively by user fees.
And if you like your healthcare, you can keep it.

Here's another clincher:

How many unique codes are available?

There are 91 unique characters on a standard computer keyboard. The ACS technology uses these characters in five, six, or seven columns. Typically, ammunition comes in boxes of either 50 or 20, and all bullets in a box will be coded alike. There are 12 common handgun and assault weapon calibers. This means that ACS can accommodate over 21 quadrillion unique bullet codes. Since it is estimated that there are approximately 10 billion bullets sold annually in the United States, and 20-30 billion bullets sold worldwide annually, the ACS has the capacity to keep pace with the current rate of sales for decades to come.
Kind of a giveaway as to their real goals, isn't it?  What about the 'uncommon' calibers or those not regularly made in the US?  Oh Right.

This isn't about 'safety' or 'crime', this is about making it nearly impossible for law abiding citizens to get ammo and to put the companies out of business if they try to comply.

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Anonymous said...

Has this passed somewhere?

Thirdpower said...

There's a bill going to committee in IL.

Anonymous said...

What kind of cost will it incur for a manufacture to start and stop the manufacturing process for serial number control on each box of ammunition it makes? Pistol Range ammo (ball pistol ) comes in box's of 50, yet quality self defense hollow point can commonly in boxes of 20 or 25. Rifle ammo in boxes of 20 . Shotgun slug box's of five.
Ever bought a case of Match grade rifle ammo and wanted to keep it within the same lot number? I've done it in the past but the manufacturing industry is not set up to make matching serial numbered ammunition at 5 or 20 rounds at a time. Thats going to significantly increase coats due to extra manpower and time it will require to insure its accomplished as the lawmakers intend.

Serialization is just a wolf in guise of a lamb and its intent is just to suck away the desire of vendors make and to sell in states where its adopted and drive up costs in the industry , thus making it more difficult for the every day joe to obtain ammunition.

Archer said...

And the whole, entire system is rendered useless by a couple hobbyists who pick up spent brass at the range, reload it at home, and resell it or give it away as gifts.

That goes double for those who re-size casings into other, more exotic calibers.

Registration and databases are a joke.

Thirdpower said...

If you read the bill, reloaders/hobbyists have to come up w/ their own method of individual serialization of face criminal penalties.

Chas said...

It's not a technology problem; it's a people problem, but the people whose fingers are pulling the triggers are politically protected by Rahm Emanuel, who refuses to put their criminal fingers in jail.