HARRISBURG – Background checks would be required on the purchase of ammunition in PA under a bill that was reintroduced. Under House Bill 393, only licensed firearms dealers would be allowed to sell ammunition. When a person wishes to buy ammunition, the licensee would contact the PA Instant Check System and State Police would conduct a background check. If a person is prohibited by state law from possessing a firearm, they would also be prohibited from purchasing and possessing ammunition. New York and California have already passed legislation that requires background checks at the point of sale for ammunition. Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey have also passed laws requiring individuals to undergo a background check in order to obtain the license necessary to purchase or possess ammunition. The bill is now before the state House Judiciary Committee.