In gun rights debates, angry netizens share things that are harder to come by than ammunition

The horrifying shooting that took place in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday claimed the lives of 19 school children and two adults. This has led to further debate about gun control and possible gun reform.

A tweet from user @irishrygirl refers to the alleged 18-year-old gunman’s ease in obtaining guns and ammo. It has been liked over 91,000 times and retweeted over 17,500 times.

“I can buy 10,000 rounds of ammo and there is no background check, but if I buy 1 box of Sudafed my information goes into a national database,” the tweet said.

According to the Giffords Law Center, Texas does not impose a minimum age for purchasing or owning ammunition — nor does it require an ammunition seller to keep a record of the purchaser. A license or photo ID is also not required to buy or sell ammunition.

According to reports, suspected gunman Salvador Ramos bought two rifles in Texas on his 18th birthday. Texas, a state that allows residents to openly carry guns in public without a permit, has expanded rather than restricted gun rights under the guise of Gov. Greg Abbott — even after previous mass shootings in 2018 and 2020.

Ammo is easier to get than…

Aside from the fact that people must be 21 years of age to legally purchase or consume alcohol, people must present ID to purchase the aforementioned Sudafed and other types of prescription and over-the-counter medicines that contain the ingredient pseudoephedrine, which is commonly used Used to make methamphetamine. according to the FDA.

This is due to the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005, which was incorporated into the Patriot Act signed into law by former President George W. Bush on March 9, 2006. Aside from providing photo ID, the law also limits the monthly amount of pseudoephedrine products a person could purchase.

In addition, retailers such as drugstores are required to keep customers’ personal information for at least two years after the purchase of the medicines.

Sign of the Uvalde school
An officer walks outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022 after a horrific school shooting.
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Prescription drugs

“I can buy 10,000 rounds of ammo, but EVERY FLIPPING MONTH I have to have my ADHD prescription from appt renewed with a doctor because it’s a federally controlled substance,” one Twitter user replied to the thread. “OH! And if I lose the bottle, I’m SOL for 30 days.”

lawn darts

Over 30 years ago, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale of all lawn darts in the US after the deaths of three children.

spray paint

Many states require people to be at least 18 years of age to purchase spray paint.

Marijuana, in some states

States like Washington that have legalized recreational and medical marijuana require users to be at least 21 years of age to purchase and use the substances. State law dictates that its medical marijuana licensing database “is in no way affiliated with any other system” and does not interfere with an individual’s right to purchase or carry a gun.

“However, under federal law, possession of marijuana for both recreational and medical use is illegal,” states the Washington State Department of Health and Human Services law. “Federal law affects gun ownership. It is unlawful for a gun dealer to sell or give a gun to any person using or dependent on a controlled substance that is illegal under federal law.”

According to, this is also the reality in the state of Ohio.

A February 2022 article published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy described how medical marijuana permits and concealed weapons permits fit together due to federal designation of marijuana as a Schedule I drug.

An analysis of the 39 “must-issue” states found different legal requirements for denying an application for a concealed gun permit, the article said. Arizona, for example, “does not tie the issue of a permit to the ability to purchase a firearm, nor does it list use of a controlled substance as a disqualification.” Louisiana, on the other hand, “requires that CWP holders be neither an unlawful user of marijuana nor an addict are marijuana and are not unauthorized in possessing or receiving a firearm.”

Sales of recreational marijuana in states like Michigan have raised customer concerns about storing personal information in databases, even when not required by law, MLive reported.

How long does it take to buy a gun?

In terms of the time it takes to purchase a gun compared to, for example, applying for insurance or renewing your driver’s license with the DMV, in some states buying a gun takes very little time.

For example, a Philadelphia-based reporter documented her purchase of an AR-15 assault rifle in 2016 and said she was in and out of a gun store in seven minutes, the agency said Philadelphia investigators. In gun rights debates, angry netizens share things that are harder to come by than ammunition

Rick Schindler

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