The Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Pennsylvania has struck upon the very clever idea of selling its ammunition from vending machines. While it sounds like a convenient service for its customers rather than having to wait on a salesman or avoid long check out lines, critics of the practice say that it directly conflicts with federal law– which imposes age restrictions on the sale of ammunition. They insist that selling from a machine, without an attendant to supervise and make sure the transaction is legal, poses a problem.
Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, long gun ammunition must be sold to persons 18 years of age or older. Sales of handgun ammunition are limited to persons 21 and older. However, some states impose even higher age minimums than federal law requires.
Former Rochester, Pennsylvania police officer Sam Paccinni, who is the owner of the range said, “it’s not like someone walking in off the street can get in and buy ammunition“. A very important point to make is that Paccinni’s shooting club is a controlled environment which does not allow minors to enter without being under the supervision of an adult, requires everyone to pass through a security gate and then swipe an I.D. card. Furthermore, the vending machines are reportedly behind locked doors and require an electronic key to open– which only adult members are given.