New York State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) has sent a letter to officials at Wal Mart, asking why Wal Mart stores in New York apparently require customers to present a state pistol permit when buying handgun ammunition.
As a press release from Ritchie’s office explained, “While New York State and the federal government impose age requirements, neither requires customers to show their pistol permit [when purchasing ammunition]. Ritchie asked the company if it is collecting personal information from gun owners that could jeopardize their privacy and safety if it were to fall into the hands of unscrupulous individuals.”
In her letter, the senator wrote, “Please advise me whether this policy reflects the standard practice in the industry. I would also appreciate any suggestions you may have concerning possible legislation that I may propose to address this issue to ensure that gun owners’ rights are protected.”
Ritchie added, “We in the State Senate have rejected efforts to restrict the sale of ammunition to law abiding gun owners.”
Ritchie represents the 48th Senate District, which includes western St. Lawrence County, and all of Jefferson and Oswego counties.
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