This goes to Roberta X, Annie, Og, and all the other Hoosier bloggers that I’m sure I’m forgetting right now. Thanks to a reader, I just had this bill that’s kicking around the Indiana house brought to my attention. Apparently, some one (I would be dollars to pesos that it was Orentlicher) thought it would be a grand idea to propose an ammo serializing bill.
I do wish that the alert included some information on the proposed legislations name or number, because a cursory search of the House and Senate archives doesn’t show me any matching legislation from this session. If anyone has information on the name of the bill, please pass it along.
Ammo serialization isn’t quite the same as micro-stamping, but it’s actually even more idiotic. It requires that ammo capable of being used in “handguns” or “assault weapons” to carry a unique serial number in two locations on the cartridge (one on the case and one on the projectile). Of course, if you look at their list of “assault weapons”, you’ll see that the include a number of shotguns on there. How exactly are you going to serialize every round of birdshot?
My gut instinct is that this bill is going nowhere, fast. Right now, Indiana is still a very pro-gun state. I am hoping that I can get some more information on this bill, including it’s status, name/number etc, but I do encourage you to write your state reps and senators and express your discontent with this kind of legislation. Using our tax dollars to create an ammo registry is probably a losing cause in Hoosier land; I’d like to make sure it stays that way.