Congressional Democrats Introduce Ban on ‘Large Capacity’ Magazines

AP Photo/Allen Breed
AP Photo/Allen Breed

On February 4, Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5th Dist.) introduced a bill to ban “high capacity” ammunition magazines, and it was supported by 100 Democrat cosponsors.

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the same legislation to the Senate. And Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Democrats are starting with magazine bans, but the expanded background checks championed by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) will be “reintroduced in this Congress as well.”

According to the Hartford Courant, Democrats believe limiting ammunition magazine capacity to 10 rounds will reduce mass public firearm-related incidents. Democrats did not bring up Elliot Rodger, who complied with California law and only used 10-round magazines in his attack on innocents in Santa Barbara on May 23.

The next day, May 24, Breitbart News reported that Rodger made up for smaller magazines by simply buying more of them. He had over 40 ten-round magazines in his possession when he carried out his heinous act.

Nevertheless, Democrats are pushing for a “high capacity” ban, which they categorize as part of “common sense gun safety reforms.”

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) said, “We may never stop killers, but we can make them less lethal.”

In December 2012, Breitbart News reported that a review board that examined the heinous attack on Virginia Tech’s campus in 2007 found that a magazine capacity limitation would not have changed things. The panel specifically referenced a reduction from 15-round to 10-round magazines and said it “would have not made that much difference,” and that is chiefly because the Virginia Tech gunman was shooting unarmed, and therefore defenseless, people.

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