The House Homeland Security Committee has approved a bill (H.R. 3197) that would regulate the purchase of ammonium nitrate. The provision must now be taken up by the House of Representatives.
The bill is designed to keep the substance, which can be used to make bombs, out of the hands of terrorists. It would require that those who handle ammonium nitrate register with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provide the department with records of sale or distribution including the names, addresses, phone numbers, and registration numbers of buyers. The DHS could inspect businesses that might handle ammonium nitrate, without a warrant, during regular business hours.