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Why does BangItAmmo.com perform age verification and what is the law?
The first and foremost reason we perform age verification is that it is required by Federal Law. Of course then, this process is applied to every state in the country.
Secondly, we operate in a virtual environment which means we cannot physically see the purchaser to make a judgment call on their age and whether or not we should ask for identification.
Finally, we feel it our civic duty as law abiding gun enthusiasts to police ourselves to prevent potential problems from occurring. The more we do this, the less likely there will be reasons for meddlesome politicians to take it upon themselves to impose stricter laws on all of us.
A recent News Station investigation (Nov 11, 2015), see here, and their video below.
A little something from our friends at the NRA! (Website Reference)
And as with sales of other regulated products, online retailers take practical measures to verify the age of shoppers—usually by requiring a copy of the buyer’s driver’s license and requiring an adult signature for delivery of the package.
So what do I need to do to be compliant?
Most people simply send a photo of their driver’s license but any state or federal issued ID, FFL or CWP that shows your name and date of birth will suffice. You can scan and email it, take a photo and or send with an iPhone, etc. We recommend that you blot out your photo and ID# number as we do not need to see either of them. We just need to see your date of birth and name match the purchasing information. Most people do this with a piece of paper or tape. The fastest way to get this to us is via email. Simply email it back to: email@example.com
We also offer a secure upload section on our website for those wishing to submit their Age Verification using 128-bit SSL.
Just contact us by email for the link and upload password.
The section of Federal Law we are following states:
(b) It shall be unlawful for any licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell or deliver – (1) any firearm or ammunition to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than eighteen years of age, and, if the firearm, or ammunition is other than a shotgun or rifle, or ammunition for a shotgun or rifle, to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is less than twenty-one years of age;
The complete law can be found under:
Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44, Section 922 18 U.S.C. § 922 : US Code – Section 922: Unlawful acts
What if I don’t want to send in my age proof?
In addition, we also offer a waiver of this requirement by emailing us in writing that you would like to pay the additional charge to the shipper to check it when they deliver the package.
Remember, this does not apply to states that have specific rules like CA,CT, NY, NJ or IL.
Finally, in the event you do not purchase the “ADULT SIGNATURE AT DELIVERY” or submit your age proof during the 10 day grace period, by purchasing from us, you authorize us to charge your card an additional $6.00 to cover the cost of the adult signature delivery option or cancel the order subject to our cancellation terms and conditions.