House Judiciary Committee Passes Deutch, DeGette, Titus, Menendez Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines
Today, after the House Judiciary Committee passed gun violence prevention legislation, including the Keep Americans Safe Act (H.R. 1186), Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Congresswoman Diana DeGette (CO-01), Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01), and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) released the following statement:
“Today’s votes by the House Judiciary Committee make clear that Democrats are serious about advancing the kind of common-sense gun safety measures the American people are demanding, including our bill to ban high-capacity magazines like the one used by the shooter in Dayton to murder nine people in just 32 seconds. The fact is, high capacity magazines are designed for one thing – high capacity killing.
“There is no doubt that House Democrats will pass our Keep American Safe Act and the other important gun violence prevention bills advanced today as soon as they come to the floor. And there’s also no doubt that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to bury them in his legislative graveyard as soon as they’re sent to the Senate.
“It is well past time for Senator McConnell to listen to the will of the American people calling for sensible action on gun violence, and quit doing the gun lobby’s bidding.”
A common thread found in many of the nation’s most high-profile mass shootings in recent years has been the use of high-capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds and enable a shooter to fire dozens of rounds without having to stop and reload.
In Dayton, Ohio, the mass shooter used a high-capacity rifle equipped with a 100-round drum magazine, which enabled him to fire 41 rounds in 32 seconds. In El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California, both shooters are believed to have used an AK-47 style assault rifle, another high-capacity rifle, which generally holds at least 30 rounds.
Experts have expressed that restrictions on the capacity of bullet magazines could make the attacks less deadly, giving potential targets precious seconds to escape while the shooter reloads a gun.
The Keep Americans Safe Act: