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Democrats Introduce A Bill to Ban “High Capacity” Magazines

Democrats introduced gun control legislation banning the manufacture, importation, sale, possession, or transfer of “large capacity” magazines (LCMs).

The Keep Americans Safe Act introduced by Senate and House Democrats would ban any magazine capable of holding more than ten rounds. Coupled or joined magazines would also be prohibited under the proposed law.

The bill would also introduce a buyback program funded by Byrne JAG grant. It would also require visible serial numbers on "large capacity" magazines. Keep Americans Safe Act would also give law enforcement agents from the FBI and ATF the authority to confiscate illegal devices.

Owners of existing devices would be allowed to keep them but cannot transfer them. Current and former law enforcement would be allowed to own LCMs under limited exceptions. Atomic Energy personnel would can to keep "large capacity" magazines for authorized testing and experimentation.

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Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Reps. Dina Titus of Nevada, Ted Deutch of Florida, and Diana DeGette of Colorado sponsored the bill.

"There's no reason why anyone, other than military, needs a gun magazine that holds more than 10 rounds," DeGette said. "It's past time for Congress to act on common-sense gun safety measures such as this. Banning the sale of high-capacity magazines in this country will save lives and Congress needs to act on this legislation immediately."

The bill is a response to president Joe Biden’s calls on Congress to ban “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines through a legislative process.

The 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban that inspired the bill and which Biden takes credit for was determined to have no effect on the number or lethality of crimes committed using “assault weapons” or “large capacity” magazines.

Any potential gains were either inexistent or too small to be measured. However, it negatively affected millions of law-abiding citizens by preventing them from exercising their constitutional rights. The ban automatically expired after ten years and no effort was made to renew it.


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