Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) expressed encouragement that a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines is emerging from the Vice President's national task force on gun violence as a reasonable proposal that could garner broad support. Lautenberg is the author of legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines.
"The Vice President has made great strides in this week's meetings on gun violence, and it is very promising to hear that a ban on high-capacity magazines has emerged as a consensus proposal," said Senator Lautenberg. "As the Vice President is finding, my common-sense proposal to ban high-capacity magazines has definitive support from the American public and can go far in reducing the scale of gun violence and death that has become far too common in the United States."
On Thursday, Vice President Biden said: "I have never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines as I have heard spontaneously from every group I have met with so far." His comments come after a week of meetings with gun safety advocates, gun owners and retailers, medical and religious groups, and the entertainment industry.
Senator Lautenberg introduced his "Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act" in the wake of the Tucson shooting to 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.
Lautenberg plans to reintroduce the bill in the 113th Congress, along with other gun safety measures.