Seattle resident Chris Pierce had left Butch’s Gun Shop on Sunday and was heading for the countryside in North Bend to fire rounds when he heard about National Ammo Day.
“I think it’s a great idea. It sends the message that firearms aren’t going away,” he said. “You can’t take out one part of the Constitution without ruining all of it.”
The thought of Monday as National Ammo Day, a period dedicated to buying bullets to support the Second Amendment, might send shivers down the backs of some Seattle residents.
But they are careful to get other opinions on the topic:
While many gun owners are preparing to part with their cash, a Washington CeaseFire spokeswoman said the day should have a different emphasis.
“As we approach Thanksgiving, we would better benefit from responsible firearms owners reminding the public of the importance of safe firearm storage,” group executive director Kristen Comer said.
“The safest place for firearms … is locked and out of reach of children and others who might otherwise place themselves in danger.”
She said she believes responsible gun owners are not in jeopardy of losing access to firearms and bullets.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle said his agency has no position on National Ammo Day.
And you just know what question was asked and the mindset behind it that prompted this response:
To mark it, Taff plans to buy 100 rounds and fire them at a Bellevue range.
While Monday marks the sixth annual National Ammo Day, Taff heard about it only recently.
He was not concerned that criminals would use the day to clear ammunition shelves and then commit robberies.