Deutch, Menendez Lead Bill to Ban Large Capacity Magazines
Introduced with Reps. DeGette, Titus and Senators Blumenthal, Murphy
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01), and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01), Members of Congress representing districts that have experienced mass shootings, reintroduced the Keep Americans Safe Act, legislation to prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the Senate companion today.
Congressman Deutch and Congresswoman Titus joined Senators Menendez, Blumenthal, and Murphy in announcing the legislation two days ahead of the first anniversary of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14th, 2018.
"House Democrats were sent to Congress to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and this legislation is another significant measure toward keeping this promise to the American people," said Congressman Deutch. "Whether you're using a firearm for sport or self-defense, there is no need for a magazine that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. Large capacity magazines are used almost universally in mass shootings because of their ability to maximize casualties. This proposal is a way to respect law-abiding gun owners while reducing the magnitude of death and injury caused in mass shootings. With the memory of those killed in Columbine, Newtown, Las Vegas, and Parkland in our hearts, we introduce this bill to make communities safer."
In October 2017, Congressman Deutch published an op-ed in the Miami Herald urging his colleagues to support the Keep Americans Safe Act.
“It’s past time for Congress to act on commonsense gun safety measures; and one of the most commonsense things we can do, right now, is ban these high-capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds," Congresswoman DeGette said. "There is no legitimate reason for anyone, other than law enforcement, to need a semi-automatic assault rifle with a high-capacity magazine. We need to act now to pass this legislation and get these dangerous weapons off of our streets.”
“Firearms with high-capacity magazines have no place in our classrooms, concert venues, or communities,” said Congresswoman Titus. “Enough is enough. Families in Las Vegas and across the country know all too well the deadly consequences of inaction.”
“Today we stand with Parkland, with Newtown, with Orlando and with countless communities across America that have been torn apart by horrific gun violence to say that weapons of war have no place on our streets and high capacity magazines have no place on our shelves,” said Sen. Menendez. “The Keep Americans Safe Act would finally limit the sale of large capacity magazines that are not designed for hunting or self-defense but instead for killing as many people as possible without having to stop and reload. Inaction on gun violence is not an option and anyone who refuses to address a real emergency like this one is complicit in the carnage. Together we must continue fighting for the day when we can truly say ‘never again’.”
“Assault-style weapons often get the attention after mass shootings, but it’s just as important to address the role of large capacity magazines," said Kris Brown, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Mass shootings from Orlando to Las Vegas to Aurora and beyond have been all the more devastating because of them. They serve no purpose other than to allow someone to fire as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible, making it easier to take innocent lives. We are grateful to Sen. Menendez and Rep. Deutch for their leadership in introducing this important legislation that bans these deadly accessories, and we look forward to working with them to pass it into law.”