Legislation (A. 6252 & S. 2741) that would mandate on January 1, 2010 bullet serialization – the process by which each individual round of ammunition is identified and marked with a laser engraved serial number – has been referred to the New York Assembly Codes Committee. There is also a third bullet serialization bill pending in the Codes Committee (A. 3200) which includes similar mandates.

Bullet serialization is a patented, sole-sourced technology that has never been tested by qualified, independent experts to determine whether the markings could withstand a ballistic impact. Furthermore, mandating bullet serialization would necessitate the establishment of a database of all law-abiding ammunition purchasers.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association of the firearms and ammunition industry – has made clear that serializing ammunition on a mass production basis is totally infeasible from a practical standpoint and any legislation mandating such action amounts to a de facto ban on ammunition.

NSSF is encouraging all sportsmen, hunters and gun owners to contact members of the Assembly Codes Committee urging them to strongly oppose any would-be ammunition ban.

You may also contact your own state representative and state senator urging him or her to voice their opposition to these dangerous bills.

“If manufacturers had to comply with bullet serialization, NSSF estimates that it would take upwards of four weeks to manufacture what is currently produced in a single day,” said NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane. “This massive reduction in ammunition would translate into substantially lower sales and profitability and ultimately force major ammunition manufacturers to abandon the market. In turn, there would be a severe shortage of serialized ammunition and all consumers, including federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, would be faced with substantial price increases. Ammunition will go from costing pennies to several dollars per cartridge.”

The small arms ammunition industry, utilizing modern manufacturing processes and distribution practices, produces at least 14 billion ammunition cartridges a year (globally) at already low-profit margins. The three largest domestic manufacturers (who collectively account for the vast majority of the market) produce an estimated 20 million rounds of ammunition in a single day. Ammunition manufacturers could not serialize their product without hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investment to build the new factories that would be needed in order to meet the requirements of bullet serialization. At the same time, hundreds of millions of dollars of existing plants and equipment, and decades of manufacturing (cost-saving) efficiencies, would be rendered obsolete.

“Bullet Serialization is dangerous and not practical,” continued Keane. “As legislation that would mandate bullet serialization not only threatens law-abiding gun-owners but our industry’s ability to supply the nation’s law enforcement officers and military with high quality ammunition, we encourage all citizens of the Empire State to contact members of the Assembly Codes Committee, their state representative and state senator to urge them to oppose any bullet serialization bills.”

For more information on Bullet Serialization, please visit the NSSF Media Resources Page.

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