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A National Database for Sudafed, but No Background Check for Ammo?

Posted on AllSides June 2nd, 2022
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Claim: Those buying ammunition in the United States are not subject to a background check, but anyone who buys certain nasal decongestants is added to a national database.

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Federal law does not require background checks for ammunition purchases, and neither do the vast majority of states. In the vast majority of states, anyone who buys a nasal decongestant containing pseudoephedrine is added to a database, and law enforcement officers can access details about those buyers. However …

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A handful of states have introduced...

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