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AI Ammo Vending Machines Spark Safety Concerns Amid Expansion in US Grocery Stores
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By Anthony W. Haddad
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July 11, 2024

AI-powered vending machines selling gun ammunition in U.S. grocery stores raise safety concerns amid their nationwide expansion. (X/JSlaughterEsq)

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Adults in some U.S. states can now buy gun ammunition from AI-powered vending machines in local grocery stores, NPR reports.

The manufacturer claims it’s a safer method than online or shelf sales, but experts worry about the increased availability of ammo in a country already plagued by gun violence.

American Rounds LLC has placed its “automated ammo retail machines” in eight supermarkets across Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas, with expansion planned for Colorado. CEO Grant Magers says the company has requests from 200 grocery stores nationwide.

The vending machines, in use since November 2023, are secured steel boxes that scan IDs and perform facial recognition to verify age, set at 21 for purchases. Magers asserts this method prevents theft and illegal online purchases.

Federal law bans handgun ammo sales to those under 21 and long gun ammo to those under 18. Some states require background checks for ammunition purchases, but federal law does not.

Gun control advocates argue the machines pose safety risks and legal liabilities. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence calls for their removal from stores.

Experts highlight that while AI-enforced age checks could prevent minors from buying ammo, the machines can’t assess customer intent or mental state. Cybersecurity concerns also loom, as vending machines could be vulnerable to hacking.

Studies indicate that increased ammo availability could lead to higher rates of gun violence. The U.S. has seen more than 8,900 homicides, 17,000 injuries, and 284 mass shootings in 2024.

Despite this, Magers plans to expand the machines’ offerings and believes they could enhance firearm safety.

Read more at NPR

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