BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today is calling on lawmakers in the states of Washington, Arizona, New York, Illinois, Hawaii and several other states to scrutinize legislation that would require ammunition coding, because it mandates a sole-source monopoly for a Seattle-based company that owns the technology.
Based on a story in the new edition of Gun Week, and a look at virtually identical legislation that has been introduced in several states, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said there are serious questions that need to be addressed about these measures, and the effort to pass them into law.
â€œSponsors of bills that would require coding of cartridge casings and bullets in their respective states have neglected to mention that there is only one company in the country with the technology, and that company has been working with a â€˜hired-gunâ€™ consulting firm that offers its help to lawmakers drafting the legislation,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œEssentially, you have state legislators working as promoters for a company called Ammunition Coding System, pushing measures in at least ten states that would mandate the use of this proprietary technology at the expense of gun owners.
â€œEven if the technology were licensed to various ammunition manufacturers,â€ he continued, â€œit still puts one company in a monopoly position. On its own website, the company even acknowledges that legislation would be required to implement what many gun owners believe is a back-door gun registry, by forcing dealers to keep records on who purchases ammunition.
â€œCreating a technology, and applying for a patent while hiring a consulting firm to push legislation that requires this technology is horribly self-serving,â€ Gottlieb added. â€œThe fact that in every state these measures are being pushed, the sponsors are anti-gun lawmakers, simply adds to the suspicion.
â€œGiving one company a legislated monopoly in any other area would bring down a media firestorm,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œThe government would never allow it. State senators, representatives or assemblymen who get involved with this effort should ask themselves just what itâ€™s worth to essentially be lobbyists for a monopoly.â€