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house Bill H.R. 1186

Should Gun Magazines Not Have More Than 10 Rounds of Ammo?

Argument in favor

The widespread availability of large capacity magazines with more than 10 bullets allows dangerous & powerful weapons to fall into the hands of people who use them to kill as many people as possible in mass shootings. This bill would ban the sale and manufacture of large capacity magazines while allowing existing federal law enforcement grants to be used for a buy-back program to get them off the streets.

Frances's Opinion
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09/12/2019
High capacity magazines make it possible to convert gun more easily to weapons of war grade!
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Bhuvanesh's Opinion
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09/03/2019
I support a complete ban on large capacity ammunition feeding devices, which are magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Civil society has no use for large capacity magazines.
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JamieD's Opinion
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09/12/2019
If you need more than 10 rounds while hunting or protecting yourself from home invaders, you either need to learn how to use your gun or you never had a chance. Give the rest of us a chance to run while being shot at during a festival, concert, class, drive or shopping trip.
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Argument opposed

By banning firearm magazines with more than 10 bullets, this bill would end sales of many of the most common handguns and rifles Americans use for protection. This bill’s primary effect will be to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves from criminals who are willing to break laws to obtain guns that violate this ban and allow them to overpower their victims.

JTJ's Opinion
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09/11/2019
Are politicians going to restrict the magazines for their security detail? Nope, they want the people to be outgunned, but not themselves. This is full blown tyranny folks.
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Todd's Opinion
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08/17/2019
I am saying no for a couple of reasons. First, with all the gun laws on the books, none of which work, this another waste of time. Guns have been part of our culture since the founding of the country. Guns haven't changed, society values have changed, so we should focus on the root issues, not the symptoms. SECOND, the bill doesn't seem to specify what qualifies as a high capacity magazine.
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Bryan's Opinion
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09/11/2019
Moral equivalence: “why do you need more than 240 characters to Twitter?...you only need half that, so let’s limit your free speech to low capacity character tweets”
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 1186?

This bill — the Keep Americans Safe Act — would make it a federal crime to import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD) defined as a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or other device with a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Exceptions would be made for devices authorized for use in experiments, by law enforcement & retired law enforcement officers, for the purpose of securing nuclear materials, or devices that can only operate with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition. Grandfathered LCAFD could continue to be possessed by the owner, but couldn’t be sold or transferred. State and local governments would be permitted to use Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender an LCAFD under a buy-back program.

All newly manufactured LCAFDs would be required to display serial number identification and the date of manufacture.

Impact

Firearm users, particularly those who would use LCAFD; LCAFD manufacturers; state & local governments with LCAFD buy-back programs; and law enforcement.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1186

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) introduced this bill to ban firearm magazines that are able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition two days ahead of the first anniversary of the mass shooting and murder in Parkland, Florida:

“House Democrats were sent to Congress to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and this legislation is another significant measure toward keeping this promise to the American people. Whether you're using a firearm for sport or self-defense, there is no need for a magazine that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. Large capacity magazines are used almost universally in mass shootings because of their ability to maximize casualties. This proposal is a way to respect law-abiding gun owners while reducing the magnitude of death and injury caused in mass shootings. With the memory of those killed in Columbine, Newtown, Las Vegas, and Parkland in our hearts, we introduce this bill to make communities safer.”

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced this bill’s Senate companion and added:

“The Keep Americans Safe Act would finally limit the sale of large capacity magazines that are not designed for hunting or self-defense but instead for killing as many people as possible without having to stop and reload. Inaction on gun violence is not an option and anyone who refuses to address a real emergency like this one is complicit in the carnage. Together we must continue fighting for the day when we can truly say ‘never again’.”

Jennifer Baker, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman, expressed the gun rights organization’s opposition to this bill:

“This legislation would effectively ban the most commonly owned firearms for self-defense. It is an arbitrary limit pulled out of thin air with no evidence that the limits would improve public safety. In fact the after report from the deadliest school shooting in American history states that magazine limits would have had no impact. This is just more nonsense from anti-gun zealots who are looking to score political points by proposing legislation that would make criminals out of law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right to self-defense while doing nothing to deter criminals from committing crimes.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has said that his chamber will only take up gun control legislation that President Donald Trump is prepared to sign into law. The White House says that it’s currently in the process of drafting a gun violence prevention package.

This legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote of 23-16 and has the support of 158 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats. Gun control groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords, and Sandy Hook Promise have also expressed support for this bill.


Of NoteAmmunition magazines with a capacity of 10 rounds or more are commonly included with many of the semi-automatic handguns and rifles kept by Americans for self-defense. For example, most pistols have magazines holding between 10 and 17 rounds. Those magazines were banned at the federal level from 1994-2004, when it expired.

As of April 2019, nine states and Washington, D.C. have adopted bans or restrictions on high-capacity magazines with varying definitions, as have several cities & counties. California instituted its high-capacity magazine ban in 2000, which was found unconstitutional and unenforceable by a federal district court in March 2019 under the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Heller.  It’s currently under appeal in the Ninth Circuit.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / Jonathan Novack)

AKA

Keep Americans Safe Act

Official Title

To regulate large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

    Are politicians going to restrict the magazines for their security detail? Nope, they want the people to be outgunned, but not themselves. This is full blown tyranny folks.
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    I am saying no for a couple of reasons. First, with all the gun laws on the books, none of which work, this another waste of time. Guns have been part of our culture since the founding of the country. Guns haven't changed, society values have changed, so we should focus on the root issues, not the symptoms. SECOND, the bill doesn't seem to specify what qualifies as a high capacity magazine.
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    Moral equivalence: “why do you need more than 240 characters to Twitter?...you only need half that, so let’s limit your free speech to low capacity character tweets”
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    High capacity magazines have been around for decades. They, like the firearm are not the problem in mass shootings.
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    MORE TYRANY!
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    Will the politicians apply this to civilian police agencies as well?
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    Look good idea by 10 rounds really? How about law enforcement and the FBI monitor those individuals who buy a ton of ammo all at once for automatic weapons.
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    Absolutely not. Not only is this an infringement of rights, it tells the good, law-abiding citizens of this country that their rights depend not on their own conduct, but on the actions of the evil and lawless.
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    I support a complete ban on large capacity ammunition feeding devices, which are magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Civil society has no use for large capacity magazines.
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    Tensions are high among citizens of our country. There’s a conversation happening across the nation in google searches, web forums, social media and kitchen tables. A surprising number of reasonable people are asking if we’re about to have another civil war. The federal government is in a tight spot and being driven rather than leading. I urge you to take the lead and help stop the madness. Prevent this bill and do your part to calmly educate those around you in Washington that our country is made of diversity and they cannot take away our rights even though they’re different.
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    High capacity magazines make it possible to convert gun more easily to weapons of war grade!
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    This is one the bills I can not support due to the fact that it bans a majority of guns and ammo. Please refer to the second amendment for my reasoning.
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    I agree that ammunition in a weapon should not exceed 10 rounds, BUT, the criminals who now can get weapons they should NOT have will still be able to acquire the 'high capacity' weapons. Even if the United States Government and ALL the State Governments reacquire ALL the high capacity weapons ever made or sold in the USA. Passing a law will not deter criminals from getting guns, although it may stop us civilized citizens from shooting many people at one time.
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    I best say ‘maybe’ as people should realize that criminals with access to 3-D printers can produce as many high capacity magazines as they want. Then only the criminals have them! Make altering any legal weapon as sold a crime then the manufacturers can limit the size of magazines and SLOWLY let that infiltrate the current populace without all the controversy.
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    This is an entirely emotional reaction that would have zero, that’s right zero, effect in the real world. First, if you have ever shot a gun, which I assume most that are voting for this haven’t, you would realize that to reload with a new magazine because you had low capacity (10 or less) magazine would be nearly unnoticeable. Go on YouTube and watch someone do a combat reload. Almost no delay. Second, .22 caliber firearms are exempt. Because the caliber is small does not make it less dangerous. These are rifle rounds that travel at supersonic speeds over great distances. This law would not achieve the goal (unless the goal is to punish law abiding citizens).
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    If you need more than 10 rounds while hunting or protecting yourself from home invaders, you either need to learn how to use your gun or you never had a chance. Give the rest of us a chance to run while being shot at during a festival, concert, class, drive or shopping trip.
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    Just another infringement on the law abiding. There is no evidence that magazine limitations do anything.
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    Criminals will ALWAYS have high capacity semi-auto "assault weapons" smuggled in along with the illegal drugs and illegal aliens flooding across our southern border. The only thing that EVER stops ANY mass shooting is when someone (often the police but just as often private citizens) shows up with weapons of comparable firepower. At the recent Texas shooting, the police had to fire 51 bullets to stop the criminal who was killing people. If the victims had been armed with guns as capable as the police weapons, they could have stopped the shooter before the police arrived and saved many lives. BUT IT TOOK 51 B
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    I totally agree with Todd on this.
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    I like this bill except for the bit about retired law enforcement! I see No Reason anyone should have these devices, ever!
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