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powwowell
February 27, 2009, 08:39 AM
I had a new experience Wednesday afternoon. I accompanied the wife, when she visited the Goldsboro, NC WalMart. I thought I would check out their ammo selection and "lo and behold", they had some Blazer Brass .40! I purchased two boxes. Before she would take my money, the clerk asked for identification. I showed her my drivers license and we exchanged my money for her receipt. I asked her, what would have happened, if I had refused to show her my ID? She said she would have refused to sell me the ammo! I responded that I couldn't believe that things had come to this. I said that this must be something like what Nazi Germany must have been in the 1930s. She was a bit taken aback, and I assured her that my remark was not directed at her, but at WalMarts policy and things in general. I wonder if I may live to see the day that "papers" are required to purchase items, travel, etc.?

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Pulse
February 27, 2009, 08:56 AM
you are angered over the fact that WalMart any most other stores have to take any and all precautions they can, because otherwise they would be sued in to tiny little bits?

considering that WalMart has been sued couple of times, i am suprised that they even still sell Ammo.

nofishbob
February 27, 2009, 09:03 AM
I wonder if the clerk just needed to see your DL to confirm you were old enough to buy ammo intended for a handgun.

WM always asks me my age and if the ammo is for a handgun.

Bob

D94R
February 27, 2009, 09:06 AM
I wonder if the clerk just needed to see your DL to confirm you were old enough to buy ammo intended for a handgun.
Bingo.

230RN
February 27, 2009, 09:09 AM
But, but.... since when is brass "ammo?"

I realize they probably have a simplified policy so their clerks don't have to be gun experts, but that seems a little "out of range."

(And thanks for giving the location. It's kind of annoying when someone posts new, fresh info and doesn't say where it happened.)

Terry, 230RN

statelineblues
February 27, 2009, 09:12 AM
posted by powwowell:
I wonder if I may live to see the day that "papers" are required to purchase items, travel, etc.?

Haven't tried to buy a plane ticket or taken a cruise ship lately, have you?

nbkky71
February 27, 2009, 09:13 AM
230RN: Blazer Brass is a product line of fully loaded ammo, not just reloading components.

http://www.blazer-ammo.com/blazer_brass.aspx

The times I've purchased ammo at a WalMart, I've seen "check ID" flash up on the register, so it's probably coded as part of the transaction process.

Hawk
February 27, 2009, 09:23 AM
I responded that I couldn't believe that things had come to this.

Young guy, hunh?

Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986

The FOPA (99th Congress, S.49), also known as the McClure-Volkmer Act, significantly amended GCA68, providing gun owners some positives and some negatives. Specifically:
...
Ended record keeping on ammunition sales, except for armor piercing (the real stuff, not what Kennedy calls armor piercing).
...

http://www.gunlawnews.org/FOPA-86.html

Hang around some folks long enough and you'll wind up convinced FOPA was nothing more than the Hughes amendment.

Note that between 68 and 86 there was actual record keeping as opposed to age verification.

CoRoMo
February 27, 2009, 09:27 AM
They also need to verify your age when you buy...

spray paint :eek:

alcohol :what:

tobacco :uhoh:

...and believe it or not, but the paint counter at Home Depot keeps the small razor scrapers behind their counter to keep little kids from getting their hands on them.:scrutiny:

Duke of Doubt
February 27, 2009, 09:59 AM
You guys still go into a Walmart?

deadin
February 27, 2009, 10:11 AM
You guys still go into a Walmart?

Well, where I live, it's the only choice. There are no other stores of that type (Cosco, Fred Meyers, etc.) within about 70 miles. Walmart is only 25 miles away. I hate the crowds, but they do have the best prices around.
Example: The cat food my cat likes is .78 per can locally. .mid .60's at the Safeway and Top Foods (25 miles away). WalMart, .58 per can.

powwowell
February 27, 2009, 10:21 AM
A few other facts: 1) In my life time I've never been asked for ID when purchashing ammunition. This was a first. 2) I've been told that I look young for my age, but I'm 62 years old. 3) Yeah! I was very surprised when asked for the ID. In fact I was offended. 4) Yeah! I went on a cruise last November. I don't think that a cruise ship, that is visiting other nations, a ship with over 2,000 passengers and crewmen, can be equated with purchasing a hundered rounds of .40 calber ammo, by an American citizen in an American store.

Individual freedom is losing out to the American populace's desire for safety and security. Some seem to be saying the hell with your freedom, give me my safety.

By the way, isn't it just as sensible to have more gun control, as it is to have controls on dynamite, fertilyzers and even lye? I bet readers of this forum think not!

Jorg Nysgerrig
February 27, 2009, 10:32 AM
We have had many threads discussing why retailers ask for identification.

Retailers have the freedom to set whatever policies they like. You have the freedom to shop elsewhere.

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