It looks like the anti-gun Democrats are back at it in Congress once again. This time they are looking to bring back the federal ban on magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. Those of you who lived through the first federal “assault weapons ban” know how troublesome this legislation is.
The new bill is sponsored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate. In a released statement he said:
“There is no place in our communities for ammunition magazines designed for military-style shootouts, which have been used inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Aurora, in Fort Hood, and in Tucson – and it is well-past time for Congress to listen to the American people and put this high-capacity magazine ban back in place.”
In the House, the legislation will be introduced by Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT). She compared gun deaths to car deaths. In a statement she said, “This year is the first year in U.S. history that gun deaths will exceed car deaths. We should be ashamed.”
What Etsy didn’t mention is that stat is likely true not because deaths associated with firearms are going up (they aren’t), but because new safety technology has greatly reduced the number of automotive deaths over the last two decades. An extremely misleading statement.
Click here for the full text of the House version of the bill in PDF format.
The bill has no grandfather period for existing magazines. Existing magazines would be illegal to own and would be purchased by the federal government (using taxpayer money of course).
Fortunately, the GOP has a solid majority in both houses of Congress so this probably isn’t even going to make it out of committee, let alone pass multiple floor votes. However, it is an important reminder that there are plenty of lawmakers at the federal level that would like to see your Second Amendment rights limited.