U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg released the following statement today following the Senate's 46-54 vote on the Lautenberg-Blumenthal Amendment to ban high-capacity magazines:
"It is outrageous that the Senate can't rise to the occasion and summon the courage to ban high-capacity magazines and protect our loved ones from mass murderers. Opponents of my amendment chose to side with the NRA and the gun industry over the victims of Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, and other mass shootings. The large number of casualties in recent mass shootings were made possible by these super-sized magazines--banning them is common sense and would save lives. Although I am disappointed by today's vote, I am not discouraged--families deserve to be free from the fear of high-capacity magazines and gun violence in their communities, and I'll never stop fighting to give them that right."
The Lautenberg-Blumenthal amendment would ban the possession, importation, manufacture, or transfer of any magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Half of the mass shootings since 1982 have involved high-capacity magazines. In addition to the Newtown and Tucson tragedies, high-capacity magazines were used in mass shootings at Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, and Oak Creek.
A January 2013 national survey by the Washington Post found that 65 percent of Americans, including 55 percent of gun owners, support a ban on high-capacity magazines.