An ex-Pennsylvania cop, who retired from his job to open a bullet supply service, has now invented vending machines much like the ones which sell junk food, but these machines sell bullets.
While many gun clubs like the idea of the vending machines as a quicker and more efficient way of serving their clientele, some people see them as a bad thing due to potential safety issues.
Even though Piccini has already installed two of the new machines at his local gun club, the Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, it remains to be seen if the vending machines will wind up even being legal.
While there are safety measures already in place, like the fact they can only be accessed via a digital key fob given to approved members, some people think the new vending machines may lead to more shootings.
For his part, Piccini had said that the machines will not allow minors easy access to bullets, as he told reporters,
“It’s not like someone walking off the street can get in and buy ammunition. The machine sells pretty much everything. From.22 long rifle to.45 Long Colt and every standard caliber in between except.32 and.25 automatic. It’s got 380, 9, 38, 40, 45,.357 SIG. I manufacture all of it myself.”
Nevertheless, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told reporters the machines could mean that bullets end up in the hands of minors.
As ATF Special Agent Stephen Bartholomew said, “I don’t want to speculate as to what is or is not happening in this particular situation, but a licensee can not sell ammunition to anyone under the age of 18, and importantly you can not sell handgun ammunition to individuals under the age of 21.”
Despite that, Piccini is going ahead with his plans to market the bullet vending machines across the state. He said that, having already consulted legal experts, he is convinced the machines comply.
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