KINGSTON, Okla. (KTEN) — Instead of an ice cold beverage or a salty snack, you can now buy ammunition from a vending machine in select grocery stores.

"That's what we need to control is the safety and security of our own weapons," said former Bryan County sheriff Kenneth Golden.

The new computer automated vending machines sell ammunition in six locations across Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma.

"Everybody has a right to bear arms; I think that's just a right we all have," said Oklahoma resident Kourtni Roberts.

One of those automated ammo dispensers can be found in Kingston.

"I think it would just need to be monitored closely," Roberts added.

The goal: To provide a hassle-free, accessible, way to buy ammo while preventing illegal sales.

"I think you might be making ammunition too accessible to somebody that on the spur of the moment might just get some and go after somebody, instead of thinking it through a little bit," Golden said.

American Rounds says its vending machine uses built-in artificial intelligence technology to verify the customer is over the age of 21 with a valid ID.

Roberts is OK with that "as long as it was monitored and not just anybody and everybody could come in and buy ammunition."

The machine scans your ID, then scans your face using a facial recognition software, which the company's CEO Grant Magers believes is more secure than buying online.

The Dallas-based company says all personal information is safe and will not be shared.

Currently, you can find the vending machines in four stores in Oklahoma, one in Texas, and one in Alabama.

Super C Mart
718 East Highway 70
Kingston, OK 73439

Super C Mart
212 SE 2nd Street
Lindsay, OK 73052

Super C Mart
619 N. Main
Noble, OK 73068

Super C Mart
112 W. Highway 9
Wetumka, OK 74883

Fresh Value
1009 Martin Street
Pell City, AL 35128

Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Fresh Value
4200 McFarland Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405