U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) released the following statement today after President Obama's remarks on gun safety reform and after newly-released findings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting revealed a large number of 30-round magazines were present at the scene.
"High-capacity magazines enabled the Newtown shooter to unload more than 150 rounds and kill 26 people in less than five minutes. If he didn't have these super-sized ammunition clips, the shooter might have been stopped before firing so many rounds and taking so many lives," said Senator Lautenberg. "As President Obama said again today, the victims of Newtown shouldn't wait any longer for Congress to act. The families of Newtown--as well as every family in America--deserve to know whether their elected officials are willing to stand up to the gun industry and take high-capacity magazines off our streets. I am confident that my Senate colleagues will rise to the occasion and stand up with me to pass a ban on high-capacity magazines that will make our communities and our country safer."
Connecticut authorities released new information about the weapons and ammunition used by the Newtown shooter. The information shows that the shooter possessed a large number of 30-round high-capacity magazines at the scene and was able to fire more than 150 rounds and murder the 26 people in under five minutes.
Senator Lautenberg's "Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act" would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity of, or could be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. From 1994 to 2004, these high-capacity ammunition magazines were illegal as part of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired in 2004. Since that time, high-capacity magazines have been legal to manufacture and sell under federal law.
Lautenberg re-introduced the bill on the first day of the current session of Congress and plans to offer it as an amendment to the gun violence legislation the Senate will debate and vote on when Congress returns from recess.