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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

Mississippi lawmakers are looking at a proposed bill that would allow the tracking of ammunition and require anyone who buys ammo to provide their Social Security number.
 
It's in committee now, but it will more than likely die in committee.

DOWNLOAD: Read Mississippi House Bill 231 ammo tracking bill

With his pistol on his hip at all times Dana Criswell, who writes for Mississippi Gun News, sees the attempt to regulate ammo sales in Mississippi as absurd.

"So now we hurt all the local gun sellers because everyone will just go to Tennessee and buy their ammo or to Alabama and buy their ammo," Criswell said. "So now it's not just a registration issue, it's an economic issue.

House Bill 231 sponsor, Rep. Omeria Scott (D-Clarke, Jasper, Jones counties) of Southeast Mississippi, said the tracking of ammo sales would cause homicide numbers to drop.

Criswelll disagrees.

"There is absolutely no research that any kind of registration affects crime," Criswell said. "The vast majority of criminals obtain their weapons through other means."
 
Criswell's writings on the subject have generated more than 40,000 hits on his webpage.

Both Speaker of the House Rep. Philip Gunn (R-Hinds, Madison, Warren, Yazoo) and Gov. Phil Bryant have vowed to stop the ammo tracking measure. The Republican governor even issued a response on his webpage: "Any bills that attempt to track ammunition, seize weapons or otherwise infringe upon the right of Mississippians to keep and bear arms are a frontal assault on the Second Amendment. I will not stand by and allow gun owner rights to be trampled in this state, and I will immediately veto such bills if they reach my desk."

"Any bill that limits gun owners rights or any type of legislative bill would need to be signed by him, so even if it did get through legislation he would refuse to sign it," Criswell said.

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