Gun policy: On day one, Diana DeGette introduces high-capacity magazine ban

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In the final weeks of 2012, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, who represents Denver, pushed for an immediate vote on a measure to ban high-capacity assault magazines. The bill, she said, would be a sign of concrete action after twenty children were slaughtered in Connecticut. But the chance for a vote never came. And today, the first day of the new session, DeGette is introducing it again -- and her staff says this time the measure could get legitimate bipartisan support.

"We are going to make a concerted effort to push for bipartisan support and we've had some definite expressions of interest," says Lisa Cohen, chief of staff for DeGette. "The session is just starting today...but we are going to go full steam ahead to get co-sponsorship."

The bill is one of many legislative ideas that has been discussed in the final month of the 112th Congress, which included a renewed gun control debate after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting at an elementary school.

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Diana DeGette calling for a vote on the ban last month.

DeGette's proposal, introduced alongside Representative Carolyn McCarthy of New York, would put in effect a ban on high-capacity assault magazines, which have been at the center of many recent mass shootings. DeGette and supporters of the measure say that this kind of ammunition allows shooters to do incredible damage in a short amount of time, arguing that this would help reduce the risk of mass casualties.

The formal name of the bill is the High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act and what it would do is ban the sale or transfer of ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds. Today, in a news release announcing that the legislation has been introduced again, DeGette's office notes that magazines are currently available in capacities of up to one hundred and more.

This legislation had 138 co-sponsors in the House in the last Congress and 111 House members signed on after the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona. After the Aurora theater shooting this past summer, two more signed on. And then in December, 25 more added their support after the Newtown shooting.

This kind of momentum will hopefully grow with the re-introduced legislation, says Cohen.

"Unfortunately, because of recent events...there's more attention on this issue," she says. "And certainly all the polling...indicates broad support."

Continue for more on the legislation.


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Mark D Eilenberger
Mark D Eilenberger

Lets just repeal the 2nd amendment. It's obsolete and unnecessary. Take everyone's guns and dump them in the ocean. Should make an interesting artificial reef.

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

Batman grossed 144 million the night after the shooting that is proof of this, that shooting was like an advertisement for the the movie no one even said a word about this, this movie should have been boycott for two weeks or so instead it made 144 million, no one looks at the aurora shooting and says the way he went in their was similar to the way mass shootings occur in an action movie like batman..all these other crazy shooting and murders that have occurred this last year are all linked to the violent psyop that is being shoved down our throats on a regular basis,not contact sports those are sports, not mma, boxing, karate...decapitated bodies on channel 4 at 7:00 or 8, cop show with mass shootings at 8 or 9, burnt bodies, whatever vampire movie that involves a bunch of vampires who are human tearing each other to pieces at 7,action movies are ok, horror movies are alright but on TV ,if it wasen't on TV all the time, we have glorified violence, and murder in a way that is dangerous, we worry about the wrong things and we go after the wrong people we go after each other we restrict our own rights because of the action of a few, look at it like this, there are people who make billions off making your kids crazy from watching an over abundance of this crap or playing an over abundance of the violent crap they put out on xbox... first they make your kid crazy which causes you to put them on meds until they are adults, which causes one of them to go crazy and shoot up a school, or a mall,etc, which causes the outcry for stronger gun control, while 4 other violent games are put out and two new tv shows involving serial killers who like to eat suburban families and werewolves fighting ferries, while the government writes up a new plan to ban firearms from the common citizens which causes them to go on a firearm buying frenzy which causes this group of rich crazy mad men sitting at a round table to laugh hysterically because they own all of these industries,even the non profit that fight for more gun control while we yell at each other and beg for more laws to be put on us so yeah we need to have a real talk about this not point fingers at each other.PEACE

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

Im saying in most situations where someone is properly trained they will be accurate, the problem is violence, we live in a violent society, there is nothing wrong with action movies but tv shows should be put on hold, they have made everything realistic to a point where once again a kid knows what an ak47 is before they know what love is.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Last month there were 2.8 million background checks. 1% of the U.S poplutaion attemped to buy a gun in one month. Do you really think the American public supports these bans?

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

Sean, do your research, not lies, facts. In high stress situations such as self defense, accuracy goes down the crapper. And we don't go to gun free zones....

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Cops should only be allowed to carry around billy clubs!

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

lastly if you ban my weapons then we ban everyones that means all cops have to carry around billy clubs... yes bill clubs that is all you get. If we ban weapons from one person then everyone loses them. PEACE

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

the talk of a ban has done nothing but make people go out and buy more firearms, that right there should tell you what people think of a ban, cut down on the violent tv shows. if you kid has no friends, doesnt play sports and only plays video games that involve going on shooting sprees, killling zombies... or tv shows that involve decapitated bodies, or whatever BS cop show that involves the cops capping a bystander,its like this kids know what an AK is before they know that love is that is what is messing everyone up

Sean Valdez
Sean Valdez

It doesn't matter go to ten round magazines or 20 round magazines,people will just learn to reload faster @STEPHEN your statistics are more BS lies from your side of the argument hey there was another shooting in NYC a city with ban of all firearms...HEY i got an idea why did batman make 144 million the night after the shooting it has nothing to do with who owns what but it has everything to do with our fucked up culture, how many of you gun control activist went and saw that movie right after that shooting happened...so when it is said and done who are the ones who are violent..

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

If we are going to start banning wepons, then let´s start withe the government of the United States, first no guns higher then a bb gun for police.

Valerie Cisneros
Valerie Cisneros

My mistake: banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds... either way, THAT IS MY RIGHT. No, I don't see any need to have an automatic assault weapon that holds that many rounds, but of I were to feel it was necessary to defend my family against an enemy, foreign or otherwise, it is my right as citizen to have one and that right should not be taken due to a handful of criminal lunatics. Especially when acquiring the banned weapons/magazines/ammunition had never been a problem for criminals.

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

People should actually read the Bill of Rights, Constitution, and the Federalist Papers before they post. They should also research shooting accuracy in high stress situations. Almost half of shots miss their target even when fired by highly trained marksmen. In addition, criminals don't give a damn, do when you are protecting yourself with 10 rounds while they have thirty, who wins? Common sense people. Banning magazines will do NOTHING.

Mike Milos
Mike Milos

People should actually read before they post. I guess everyone who needs a "High Capacity Magazine" must be a piss poor shot. Don't it only take 1 or 2 bullets to kill a deer or elk? Did the animals find Kevlar, or something, that we need a hundred rounds to hunt them? I think my 30/06 only holds 6 shells, yet I still have gotten 9 Bull Elk and countless deer over the years. I guess I am missing something.

Valerie Cisneros
Valerie Cisneros

I (a conservative, Christian that owns zero guns) think that it is a ridiculous thought that my rights may be infringed upon because of some psychotic criminals actions. Having personally lost someone I loved in the theater shooting, I fully believe that a law banning guns did not even cross that monsters mind before he went on a killing spree. Passing more gun laws is not going to deter criminals (who very obviously do not regard laws very highly) It will make these weapons unavailable to us law abiding citizens only! Criminals have always found a way to acquire illegal weapons, that will not change.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

What an absolute waste of the taxpayers money. The only thing that this is going to change is congress because DeGette has got to go

Tyler Mockli
Tyler Mockli

I love how everybody out there acts like we are the only country that makes guns. We outlawed drugs and mexican drug cartels took over, so what in the hell makes people think that if we make assult rifels illegal that russian and chines mafia wont be shipping Ak-47s to this country like Dope.... But this time ONLY the criminals will have them...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Should Mental Defectives be allow to Possess Firearms?

Step 1 = integrate ALL Mental Health Records with CBI/ATF Background Checks.


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