Lautenberg: background checks for black powder purchases

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg issued a press release on Thursday calling for background checks of purchasers of “explosive powder” (bold in original):

Current law allows an individual to purchase as much as 50 pounds of explosive “black powder” without a background check, and also permits an individual to purchase unlimited amounts of dangerous “smokeless powder” and “black powder substitute” without a background check. Sen. Lautenberg’s proposal would change that and require a background check for any purchase of these explosive powders. These powders can be used as the explosive material in assembling pipe bombs, used in the Columbine school shooting, and pressure cooker bombs, which may have been used in the recent Boston attack.

It is outrageous that anyone, even a known terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosives without any questions asked,” said Senator Lautenberg. “If we are serious about public safety, we must put these common-sense safeguards in place. While the police have not revealed what specific explosive materials were used in Boston, what we do know is that explosive powder is too easy to anonymously purchase across the country.”

I also await the federal legislation relating to pressure cookers, ball bearings, nails and, while we’re at it, backpacks.

On this weekend’s “Score” radio show, guest host Doc Thompson (a name and voice many folks in Central Virginia will remember) addresses this very issue. Check it out on these broadcast stations and the podcast version right here on Bearing Drift.

Here’s a sneak peek…

  • Well they can add the nails and ball bearings background checks to the same legislation that will require background checks for knives, baseball bats, and swimming pools.

    • MD Russ

      Don’t forget rope, claw hammers, and chain saws.

  • David Obermark

    Tim Kaine has got to go.

    1st off, I voted for Tim Kaine, and due to his votes on Gun Control recently, I have decided he has got to go. Either he chose to ignore his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution, or he has not bothered to read the 2nd Amendment, or he tried to read it but lacks the ability to comprehend what he read.

    As a Blue Dog Democrat, I want to run that man out of office. I do not think we moderate Democrats would be successful in defeating him in a primary, so I am going to ask you Republicans for help in chasing him out of office.

    Bob McDonnell is going to need a job. I am going to ask Bob to keep his powder dry and not run against Mark Warner but wait for the end of Tim Kaine’s term and run against him.

    Tim Kaine has got to go. I am a Blue Dog Democrat and I ask for help from Republicans to chase him out of office.

  • Wow. How will anyone be able to reload their own ammunition? Many dedicated hunters do so to lower the cost of target practice and hunting. That said, black powder is pretty easy to make from a few basic components, and anyone savvy enough to build a bomb can probably prepare their own black powder.

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