Kirkland looking to ID ammo sales as gun control measures stall in House – The Delaware County Daily Times

State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-159 of Chester, announced this week that he would propose a new law requiring proof of identification to buy ammunition in the state.

Current law only requires sellers to “reasonably believe” people buying ammunition are of age, according to Kirkland, but he wants to make it mandatory for identification to be presented on every sale.

“Protecting our communities from the horrific impact of gun violence is extremely important to me,” Kirkland stated in a release. “From Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas High School, we too often grieve the loss of precious life taken by those who should not have access to firearms and ammunition.”

Only those aged 21 and older may buy handguns and handgun ammunition under federal law, and only those 18 or older may purchase “long guns” such as rifles or shotguns, as well as accompanying ammunition.

There are exceptions to possessing weapons for those under 18, such as lawful hunting and trapping activities, and those between the ages of 18 and 21 can also possess a handgun that has been gifted to them by a relative.

Kirkland, a freshman incumbent who faces Republican Ruth Moton in the November general election, noted that a photo ID is required to purchase things like alcohol, lottery tickets and even allergy medicine. He said his legislation would serve as a reasonable reform to save lives without infringing on law-abiding citizens’ rights to own and use guns

“Sadly, young people, especially African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, face significantly higher-than-average risks of being a victim of gun-related homicide,” Kirkland said. “We can – and we must – do everything in our power to curtail this epidemic, and this legislation is just one step of many necessary to take on this issue.”

The state House and Senate saw a

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