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Gun Violence

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Madam Speaker, I rise to join the vast majority of Americans, on both sides of the gun debate, who want a safe and sensible gun policy for their families and for the United States of America.

In the aftermath of the recent tragedy in Tucson, one eminently reasonable place to start--one place where gun rights advocates and gun control advocates should be able to find common ground--is the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (H.R. 308), introduced by my colleague Rep. CAROLYN MCCARTHY (D-NY).

H.R. 308 is not about gun control. Instead, it's about commonsense ammunition control. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act sets aside all of the historically contentious debate around gun ownership and instead asks every American a very simple question: Is it really necessary for non-law enforcement civilians to have access to high capacity, 33-round magazines like the one Jared Lee Loughner used to shoot our colleague GABBY GIFFORDS and his other victims in Tucson?

I would submit that it is not. And I would further submit that the overwhelming majority of Americans and law abiding gun owners would agree that it is not. Consistent with that commonsense conclusion, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act would simply ban the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines holding more than ten rounds. Law enforcement records show that the number of high capacity magazines retrieved by police at crime scenes dropped significantly the last time this kind of restriction was in effect, and common sense tells you that smaller magazines with less bullets will lead to less fatalities and injuries during these kinds of horrific attacks.

Madam Speaker, this is not a partisan issue. This is an American issue. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act is a commonsense step all of us can and should take to eliminate the senseless threat posed by these high capacity magazines while protecting the legitimate rights of law-abiding gun owners.

I thank Congresswoman MCCARTHY for her leadership on this issue.

Mrs. McCARTHY of New York. Madam Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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