Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said mandating background checks for ammunition would be difficult to implement. Bullets, he explained, are not serialized and are widely sold.
“You do not have to be a federally-licensed dealer to sell ammo,” he said. “If you are taking a logical look at the system, it does not make sense.”
Though the laws are inconsistent, Horwitz said that Virginia’s point-of-contact background checking system for firearm purchases is sound. Often those who try to “lie and buy” a gun as a felon are intercepted by state police stationed near gun stores.