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Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Jan 11, 2011.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    McCarthy, Lautenberg seek to ban high-capacity ammo magazines

    (Updated at 3:45 p.m. Eastern to add comment from Lautenberg's and McCarthy's offices.)

    By Michael Isikoff<br>
    NBC News National Investigative Correspondent

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., with the backing of gun control groups, are drafting a bill that would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines such as the one that was used allegedly Saturday by Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of murdering federal Judge John Roll and trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., according to two gun control activists working with McCarthy's staff.

    Gun control proponents are hoping to move rapidly on the measure in the wake of reports that Loughner's access to high-capacity, 33-round magazines substantially increased the lethality of his attack, the activists said. An Arizona law enforcement official confirmed to NBC News on Monday that Loughner had actually gotten off at least 31 shots during the Saturday shooting, not the 20 that were first reported. He was emptying his first high-capacity magazine and was trying to reload with another high-capacity magazine (with another 30 rounds) when he was wrestled to the ground, the official said.

    "In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move quickly," said Kristen Rand, legislative director of the Violence Policy Center, one of the gun control groups working with McCarthy's office.

    McCarthy, one of the House's strongest gun control proponents, whose husband was killed in a mass shooting on the Long Island Railroad in 1993, confirmed Sunday that she was drafting a new bill in the aftermath of Tuscon .an aide said her office was consulting with other members, including House Speaker John Boehner's office, and that she hoped to have draft language as early as this week. A Lautenberg aide said Lautenberg was working on a similar version in the Senate.

    "The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly. These high-capacity clips simply should not be on the market," Lautenberg said. "Before 2004, these ammunition clips were banned, and they must be banned again. When the Senate returns to Washington, I will introduce legislation to prohibit this type of high-capacity clip."

    Lautenberg was referring to an issue that has been highlighted in recent days by senior federal law enforcement officials: the manufacture of the kind of high-capacity magazines the suspect had with him at the Tucson shopping mall was barred under a federal assault weapons ban that was passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
    Open Channel - McCarthy, Lautenberg seek to ban high-capacity ammo magazines


    Dianne Feinstein to seek smaller gun clips

    Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau<br>
    San Francisco Chronicle January 11, 2011 04:00 AM Copyright San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., holds a news conference to discuss her legislative plans.<br>

    01-11) 04:00 PST Washington - -- California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Democrats who have personally experienced gun-related tragedies, are renewing efforts to outlaw high-capacity bullet magazines such as the one used in Arizona on Saturday.

    The alleged gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, used a clip holding at least 31 bullets and was allegedly trying to load a second when he was tackled by bystanders. Six people were fatally shot and 14 were injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was holding a public event in Tucson for constituents.

    Feinstein wrote the 1994 assault weapons ban, which outlawed gun magazines holding more than 10 bullets. The law expired in 2004.

    McCarthy, who ran for Congress after her husband was killed and her son seriously injured in a 1993 massacre on a Long Island commuter train, on Monday was readying her magazine-capacity bill for introduction.

    In a statement Monday, Feinstein said she is "looking at all of the options" to pursue restrictions on assault weapons and wants to "talk to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle about this."

    The assault weapons ban was enacted after the 1993 shootings at a high-rise law firm at 101 California St. in San Francisco, which left eight people and the shooter dead.

    Feinstein became mayor of San Francisco in 1979 after the assassinations of George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, both gunned down in City Hall. Among the first to arrive at the scene, she has pushed tougher gun laws ever since.

    McCarthy spokesman Shams Tarek predicted a difficult but not impossible route through Congress.

    Tarek said McCarthy worked with the National Rifle Association in 2008 to enact legislation, signed by President George W. Bush, that required states to provide records on residents found to be "mentally defective" for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

    "It's not unprecedented," Tarek said. "We can get something reasonable and common-sense done, working with Second Amendment rights activists. The concept of limiting the number of rounds available to civilians is not a radical position."

    Arizona's gun laws permit high-capacity clips, which are banned in New York and California.

    Andrew Arulanandam, director of public affairs at the NRA, declined to comment on the legislation. "At this time, anything other than prayers for the victims and their families would be inappropriate," he said.

    Every recent gun-control law has passed after a high-profile shooting.

    McCarthy's 2008 legislation followed the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. California's assault weapons ban, enacted in 1989 after a Stockton schoolyard shooting, bans 75 high-powered weapons with rapid-fire capabilities and was expanded in 1999 to other weapons with similar features. It has withstood legal challenges.

    The California law limits ammunition clips to 10 cartridges.

    Robyn Thomas, executive director of Legal Community Against Violence, which was formed after the 101 California St. killings, said such weapons have "absolutely no legitimate sporting purpose or self-defense purpose."

    Thomas said the same ammunition clip was used in the shootings last year at Fort Hood, Texas, which killed 13 people.

    Feinstein has tried and failed several times to revive the assault weapons ban. President Obama campaigned on an assault weapons ban but has signed bills allowing guns on Amtrak and in national parks.

    Chronicle staff writer Bob Egelko and Jennifer Dlouhy in the Hearst Washington Bureau contributed to this report.
  2. daddiooo

    daddiooo TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    That's the ticket....ban those evil high capacity clips.

    Soooo, if we ban the high capacity clips to limit the carnage....shouldn't we

    make a law that requires all cars top speed to be limited to 25mph??? After

    all it'll limit the carnage.

    Another great waste of taxpayers time and money.

    NY and NJ got what they paid for. 2 store bought boobs.
  3. neofight

    neofight TS Member

    Apr 1, 2010
    Yes sir, those criminals are definitely going to pay attention this new law.If we really want to save lives, let's get some legislation going to make it a misdemeanor to ride a bike without a roll bar, same with skateboards and what about all those crazy surfers taking their lives into their own hands? Roll bars and helmets, knee-pads and cups for everyone, that's my motto.
  4. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    If we limit gas tanks to 10 gallons that will reduce highway carnage.
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