I say "supposedly', because the proposal has exactly zero chance of (a) aiding crime investigators and (b) being enacted for any purpose other than infringing on America's Second Amendment.
America's 1st Freedom | The Truth About Illinois’ Ammo Serial Numbering Scheme: Do you like to hunt or shoot? If so, hang onto your wallet, because ammunition could soon become prohibitively expensive if some Democrat lawmakers get their way. An Illinois state representative wants to impose a scheme that’s not only been proven to be a multi-million-dollar failure at solving crimes, but could also make ammunition unaffordable for honest citizens*, while leaving criminals—who make millions dealing drugs, guns and (if this legislation is passed) ammunition—untouched. And don’t just shrug if you don’t live in Illinois: As Fox News reports, similar bills are pending in at least 20 states.The curious thing is, this isn't the first time this proposal has been aired. And back in 2008, when it first was caught in the spotlight, I spent some serious blogging time exploring the whys and the wherefores.
Here is a link to my accumulated list of blog articles. It's long, because the subject is complex, but it might mention a few issues which haven't been mentioned in a brief NRA warning message. (Feel free to skim through it; not all of the issues are mentioned in only a single article.)
Here's a brief summary:
- It would be financially impossible for ammunition manufacturers to reliable encode each bullet with the case bearing the same unique identifying number ... let's call it "ID" for simplicity.*
- Packaging at the plant would be a vital, yet labor-intensive step because if one bullet/case combination got into a package with a different ID, the manufacturer would (probably) be liable to civil suit in case one round was used during the commission of a crime, and the wrong person was arrested based on this scheme.*
- Even that is a "mega-event', because the technology to match a bullet with the case bearing the same ID is not currently available.*
- ...WHICH IS EVEN MORE complex, because the original scheme proposed that the bullet would have the ID engraved on the BASE of the bullet ... which suggests that the "Quality Control Survey" would necessarily take place before the bullet was loaded into the case. So much for Mass Production Technology.*
- The cost of such intensive quality control and inspection* (remember these are tiny little numbers, even it can be made to happen with the machinery) would require minutes per round, rather than the less-than-a-second progress which modern manufacturing technology provides.
- The cost of the complete cartridge would therefore be magnified* by a factor of .. oh, a thousand? A two-cent cartridge would cost you two dollars, because bullshit-factor.