As it is, I can’t buy ammo in my state without a proper card or getting a higher permit. I could get one but I don’t… Need one? (Or I don’t want one maybe. Well it takes money and time and enough that I can’t be bothered if I’m not invested in staying here anyway.)
In addition here in CT we can’t buy or own (unregistered) high-cap mags over 10 round capacity.
But yes. Today I can go to almost any other state and buy ammo. Some in New England may not sell me a bunch of ammo if I’ve got a license from CT but most won’t even card me now since I don’t look 15. In Florida I was able to buy boxes of ammunition from Walmart and a gun shop and even bought a pair of 30-round AR mags for my Florida friend just to see if I could.
Nothing prevents me in any practical matter from bringing that ammo or those mags to my state. It would be various shades of legal transgression to do so, but in no case where I don’t cause problems would it likely be a problem. Nor can anyone really tell at a glance or from an Instagram post if that GI aluminum 30 Rd mag was made in 2018 or 1988. (There are absolutely ways to tell if you look up close btw)
But as it is we cannot already legally buy and take ownership of guns out of our state of residence, in almost all situations. Already, this is a thing. If I am in Florida, even if I am semi-permanetntly living there and want a gun to own while I’m there and I see a gun I want I have to either show I’m now a legal resident of Florida. Or I have to have the company ship the gun to an FFL in my home state where I pick it up and then take it back with me to Florida. If the gun I want is legal in FL but not in CT I just cannot buy it full stop. Even if I’m keeping it in Florida.
Person to Person is a loophole maybe, but only in pragmatic terms not legal ones. Gunshows are supposed to only sell a gun as a private person to person transfer to someone who lives in the state of the show being held, or otherwise they still have to go thru an FFL. If I sell a shotgun to Joe, even if he lives 10 miles away in Rhode Island and I know him personally… I must go thru an FFL. At that point Joe may as well have ordered it online or bought any other gun from the store as the paperwork and checks are identixal. But if I sell to my other friend Carlos who lives in CT 20 miles north of me, no FFL need be involved at all.
Long story short is I don’t buy ammo much and certainly not to bring into CT. When I do, I use it where I am. I don’t need more high-cap mags. I don’t buy guns or own any handguns because the process to get a permit is just a pain to deal with and I’m not that into it. That’s most of the point. Its all enough of a pain that I don’t want to deal with it but my other friends who are gun owners will have jumped thru the hoops. The question is, will this do anything? It doesn’t stop a determined person. It might modify the behavior of a somewhat determined person. It probably deflates the motivation of others, and certainly keeps idiots and irresponsible people from having easy access. So it does a job and has an impact and mostly it’s fine.
I’m still frustrated by the assault weapons ban, which doesn’t in my mind do much to actually lessen the danger for anyone but does cause headaches for legal ownership. But we can’t really say much about whether the AWB Portion of the legislations did much vs other measures.