U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today commended Senate Leader Harry Reid for calling for a vote on his bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines. Senator Lautenberg first introduced the high-capacity gun magazine ban in 2011 following the Tucson massacre and shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Lautenberg re-introduced the bill on the first day of the current session of Congress.
"I commend Senator Reid for his leadership on this gun violence bill, and look forward to offering my amendment to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines," stated Lautenberg. "Banning high-capacity magazines is supported by most Americans and is one of the most simple, common-sense actions we can take to reduce gun violence in our communities. When this bill comes to the floor, the Senate will have a historic opportunity to make our families safer, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines."
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 clips have been legal to manufacture and sell under federal law.