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January 10th, 2013
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Sen. Blumenthal: Need to enforce existing gun laws, 'give them teeth'

This week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced the "Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013," which would require background checks before anyone can purchase ammunition. It would also require sellers to keep track of ammunition sales and inventory, as well as alert law enforcement if someone buys over one thousand rounds within a five day period.

The legislation also includes a ban on Teflon-coated bullets and ammunition designed to explode on contact.

Sen. Blumenthal sits down with Soledad on Starting Point today to discuss Washington's gun control efforts and to explain his goal for the bill.

"The legislation I'm proposing very simply would enforce the existing ban," Blumenthal explains. "There already is a ban against certain categories of people purchasing ammunition. We need to make the law real, give it teeth and that's why we need those background checks, but also reporting for people who purchase more than 1,000 rounds and the ban on Teflon-tipped bullets, which pierce armor worn by our police and others."

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