Buy as much as you want. That was the reaction to a request for 10,000 bullets at Minnesota gun stores. The Minneapolis Star Tribune says the ease of stockpiling ammunition became apparent after police discovered that the perpetrator of one of the deadliest mass shootings in Minnesota history had packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition in his home. Last Thursday, Andrew Engeldinger had a Glock 9-millimeter handgun, two 15-round magazines and several loose rounds when he killed four co-workers, a UPS man, and himself after being fired from his job. There are no limits on how much ammunition a person 21 or older can buy for a handgun. That’s despite calls from some lawmakers to keep closer watch on big purchases after revelations that James Holmes, who killed 12 and injured 58 others in an Colorado movie theater in July, had bought 6,000 rounds off the Internet.
Advocates of gun-owner rights say restricting or monitoring those purchases would be pointless, because possessing large amounts of ammunition is no indicator of malicious intent. They say gun enthusiasts often buy ammunition in large quantities to save money and to have enough for frequent trips to the shooting range. For some gun users, said a gun range operator, ammo is “what shoes and purses are to women.” “When the tragedy happened in Aurora, that guy only had 6,000 rounds,” said U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). “This guy had 10,000 rounds. Clearly, there should be some sort of system in place to alert law enforcement authorities if somebody has some inordinate amount of ammunition or weaponry.”