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High-Capacity Ammo Magazines Should Be Banned, Senator Says

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg will ask Congress to approve a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. Do you agree with his proposed bill?

In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced plans to reintroduce high-capacity magazine ban legislation in the 113th Congress.

Lautenberg’s bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. It also would ban ammunition magazines that could be readily converted to accept more than 10 rounds.

“In light of yet another horrific shooting tragedy, it is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for deadly high-capacity gun magazines and I will keep working to pass my bill to reinstate the ban on them,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “If we don't pass a high-capacity magazine ban this year, it will be the first bill I introduce when the new session of Congress begins in January.”

New Jersey’s senior senator cited the Newtown shootings—in which the gunman used a high-capacity rifle in his murderous spree, killing 20 children and seven adults—as reason for the reintroduction. But it goes beyond the Dec. 14 shootings to other mass killings in recent years, he added.

“These high-capacity magazines, which were used in Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech, and so many other tragedies, were designed for one purpose only—to shoot and kill quickly,” Lautenberg said. “We must take immediate action to ban high-capacity gun magazines and assault weapons so that we can prevent the next massacre.”

Lautenberg introduced the same legislation in the current Congress. It stalled after getting referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A similar House of Representatives bill, sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), fizzled after getting referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) also pledged immediate action in the 113th Congress, but her bill would go further in seeking to ban all assault weapons, plus high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Almost immediately after the Dec. 14 shootings in Newtown, public and online debate over gun control laws raged. Some posit the shooting rampage wouldn’t have been as deadly if the Sandy Hook Elementary School staff had firearms. Others decry laws that allow access to such high-powered weapons.

President Barack Obama weighed in when he visited Newtown on Sunday, saying, “No single law—no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this.”

Tell us: Do you support a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines? Would a ban go too far or not far enough?

Nj Ghost December 28, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Ther ya go again Diane ( 1) what is a high cap mag? (2) please describe an assault weapon (3) All people who purchase a weapon (gun) has to not only have a license (F.I.D.card) and go through an instant check with the State. For a hand gun they must first get a permit to purchase from the local police station and give them permission to check the mental records of any person wishing to purchase a handgun. that takes as much as 10 weeks and on top of that he or she must use the permit within 90 days....But as long as I have an fid card I can back my car up to any store that sells guns and buy as many rifles or shot guns as I can pay for along with the ammo needed....But I must first have an F.I.D. card.....a lot more difficult then getting a drivers license. and this is what I must go through to exercise my constitutional RIGHT where as a drivers license is not a right but a privalege.
Nj Ghost December 28, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Just stop with the "Assault" weapon....It has been unsuccessfully been defined. there is no legal definition of an "Assault" weapon...I have an M-1 Garand. It's a battle rifle from WWII. The US Army definition of it is " A clip fed gas operated semi automatic weapon" But it does not fit the definition of an assault weapon yet it is infinatly more powerful(30.06) then the modern combat weapon (.556 cal.) used today by the military. My definition of an assault weapon is ANY weapon that is shooting at you.
austin December 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I bet Adolf Hitler would agree.
Carla Ramirez January 11, 2013 at 05:18 AM
The Virginia Tech shooter did not use high capacity magazines or assault weapons. Just two pistols with 10 and 15 round magazines. Yet he killed more people than any other shooting. This is just feel good legislation to infringe the second amendment.
John Santaella January 11, 2013 at 08:08 AM
@Carla, not to nitpick but 10 and 15 round magazines are high capacity magazines. As far as the ''assault weapons'', this is a phrase that is used without truly knowing what it means. The press likes to exaggerate for effect and I wish people would stop using the term. And, it seems to me that to protect the 2nd Amendment gun lovers are willing to get rid of the 1st Amendment. Let's sit down and talk for crying out loud. I am not anti-gun either I just don't have need of a gun but I won't infringe on your right to own a gun. One does not need a high capacity magazine to 1) hunt or 2) to protect ones family. If I were to get another gun (I owned guns in the past) I would get a shotgun and saw it off to a 1/2 within legal size. That would give me all the protect I needed in my home to protect myself.

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