Democrats Now Pushing Large Magazine Ban At Federal Level

This would effect a few shooters, but, mostly it impacts law abiding citizens

Democrats propose high-capacity gun magazine ban

After a year without any significant gun legislation passed by Congress since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida, Democrats introduced a bill banning high-capacity gun magazines Tuesday, as the one-year anniversary of the massacre nears.

The Democratic legislation, cosponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, would ban any magazine that exceeds 10 rounds of ammunition. The legislation, which has been dubbed the “Keep Americans Safe Act,” currently has no Republican cosponsors, one of many obstacles that would stand in the way of it advancing.

During a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the Democratic legislators described the bill as one step in a process of passing individual gun control measures instead of a big comprehensive package.

“Guns become doubly and triply deadly in these massacres because of these high-capacity magazines,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat. “And so if we take one simple step in approving this prohibition, we can literally save lives. There is no more simple, straightforward way to save lives from gun violence than to ban these high-capacity magazines.”

Right, because criminals, especially those bent on mass murder, will follow the law.

Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, said:

“This legislation would effectively ban the most commonly owned firearms for self-defense. It is an arbitrary limit pulled out of thin air with no evidence that the limits would improve public safety. In fact the after report from the deadliest school shooting in American history states that magazine limits would have had no impact. This is just more nonsense from anti-gun zealots who are looking to score political points by proposing legislation that would make criminals out of law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right to self-defense while doing nothing to deter criminals from committing crimes.”

And that’s the thing: it could end up banning weapons that accept magazines with more than 10 rounds. You can always put a smaller mag in a rifle, but, what about handguns, where they are built to take a certain magazine size? Will they be banned, or will owners have to purchase mags that hold 10 rounds or less? The bill itself is S.447, and, according Menendez’s Senate webpage

  • Provides limited exceptions for devices possessed before enactment, for certain current and former law enforcement personnel, for certain Atomic Energy personnel and purpose, for tubular devices that can only accept .22 rimfire ammunition, and for certain authorized testing or experimentation;
  • Modifies the high-capacity definition to prevent coupled or joined magazines;
  • Authorizes a buyback programs for high capacity magazines using Byrne JAG grants;
  • Requires devices manufactured after enactment to have conspicuous serial numbers and date of manufacture to help law enforcement identify restricted magazines;
  • Harmonizes forfeiture provisions for magazines with current law; currently FBI and ATF can seize and destroy certain firearms but not high capacity magazines.

There is a grandfathering of larger mags. A Republican should add a rider that all security protecting the Congressional buildings and the lawmakers themselves cannot have mags that hold more than 10 rounds.

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8 Responses to “Democrats Now Pushing Large Magazine Ban At Federal Level”

  1. Kye says:

    No. A Republican should introduce a bill stating that all realistic laws controlling the illegal use of and ownership of firearms have already been passed and no future laws will be allowed.

  2. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    But what happened to Russia, Russia, Russia…?

  3. Kye says:

    Liljeffyatemypuppy, the left is currently embroiled in a misinformation and gaslighting scheme to hide the ridiculous Green New Deal thus they have no time to spare on Russia, Russia, Russia. As soon as their operatives in the media, press and in control of the internet finish flushing that monstrosity of moronic child’s play down the memory hole look for the return of Russia, Russia, Russia.

    Unless Spartacus Booker keeps talking stupid about cheese, meat and cows and the leftist Mohammadans in Congress keep broadcasting their anti Semitic anti American pro terrorist clap trap then it may take longer as the media et al cover for them.

    With this group of morons, communists, socialists, pro Palestinian terrorist and Mohammedans in control of the once almost great Democrat Party we should see one hell of an election in 2020.

  4. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    The question was rhetorical.
    However it looks as if the Republicans may be growing a spine and now it’s time.

    Republicans’ proposal would leave a full 30 hours of possible debate time in place for the biggest nominees, including Cabinet-level posts, circuit appeals court judges and Supreme Court justices. But for more than 1,000 other posts, the possible debate time would be cut from 30 hours to two hours.

    [email protected] um. Do it!

  5. pdxr13 says:

    Repeal the unconstitutional infringements on the rights of US Citizens. All GCA’s are a fraud on the people. Build the wall, or leave the Gov’t of non-essential personnel shut down.

  6. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Fortunately, law enforcement officers never go crazy and shoot up schools, synagogues and concerts.

    Fortunately, ammosexuals rarely go crazy and shoot up schools, synagogues and concerts, but when they do, it’s a national tragedy.

    How often do 2nd Amendment fetishists need 30 or 100 rounds to defend their family or home, or strangers?

    Would limiting magazines to 10 rounds save one life?

    • formwiz says:

      Ammosexuals? Never saw one of those, but we do have an commiesexual here.

      And I do seem to recall a guy who killed like 20 people with just a knife.

      How long does it take to change a mag?

      How often do 2nd Amendment fetishists need 30 or 100 rounds to defend their family or home, or strangers?

      Harvey is willing to bet somebody else’s life on it, but I’d bet not his own.

  7. Professor Hale says:

    Since the popularity of Magpul and other polymer magazines, metal 30 rd magazines for AR-type guns have been selling at nearly scrap metal prices. Good luck putting THAT toothpaste back into the tube.

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