I've mentioned before the seemingly nationwide effort to impose ammunition encoding laws on gun owners and ammunition makers, and there are more states in which such an effort is underway than I discussed there--a more complete list can be found here. In fact, let's take a look at the home page from the same site that provided that list of states.
Ammunition Accountability is a newly forming group of ammunition coding technology supporters. Our group includes gun crime victims, industry representatives, law enforcement, public officials, public policy experts, and more. We are working together to pass legislation to make ammunition coding technology a reality.It would seem that this group would at least like to be perceived as having fairly altruistic motives. They might want to put up that appearance, but the reality is rather different.
From Snowflakes in Hell, we learn something about who is behind this effort.
The web site Ammunition Accountability apparently is administered by the lobbying firm of Ammunition Coding Systems, who ultimately pays for the site, and who conveniently produces the system that does this type of encoding. I just heard Russ Ford of ACS admitting to this on Cam Edwards’ show.The citizen disarmament advocates never tire of claiming that the "gun lobby" is motivated by nothing more noble than sheer profit (that people would work to defeat gun laws out of nothing but a desire for freedom is apparently inconceivable to them). Now we know who truly is motivated by crass lucre.
There’s a per round royalty their company plans to charge for this. Nothing like succeeding in the marketplace by having the .gov force your product on the consumer, whether they want it or not. Seriously, these guys are hoping to get state legislatures to basically pass a tax on ammunition that gets passed on to them.
The Cam Edwards segment Sebastian alluded to will be repeated Thursday night at 10 Eastern time on NRANews.com.
UPDATE: Sebastian is all over this--he has more, and still more, that I would consider required reading.