House Judiciary Committee to Take Up Menendez Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

House Judiciary Committee to Take Up Menendez Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition

  
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) today released the following statements after the House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold a markup hearing on Wednesday, September 4 to begin considering gun violence prevention legislation, including the Keep Americans Safe Act. Sen. Menendez authored and introduced the Senate version of this critical piece of legislation that would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

“I’m glad the House Judiciary Committee is planning to mark up critical commonsense gun safety bills that will ultimately save lives, including our Keep Americans Safe Act,” said Sen. Menendez. “High capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition are only good for high capacity killing and they have no place in our streets. It’s time for the Senate Majority Leader and his Republican colleagues to work with Democrats in advancing similar legislation in the Senate.”

"While Senate Majority Leader McConnell continues to block stronger gun laws we passed in February, House Judiciary Democrats will move forward with more bills that can save lives," Rep. Deutch said. "When the Judiciary Committee reconvenes, we will take up major gun violence prevention priorities, including my legislation to ban high-capacity magazines, the kinds of magazines used in so many recent mass shootings. There is only one purpose for a high-capacity magazine: to maximize human casualties and allow gunmen to fire more rounds of ammunition at a time without reloading. But those precious seconds it takes to reload can mean saving countless lives. Banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds can reduce the magnitude of death and injury during mass shootings. This is a commonsense plan to save lives while still respecting law-abiding gun owners. Let’s move forward on this proposal and show the American people that Congress won’t settle for 'thoughts and prayers.'

“House Democrats are serious about protecting our communities from the epidemic of gun violence," Rep. Titus said. "Thank you Chairman Nadler for your courage to take action. Banning high-capacity magazines will save lives.”

A common thread found in many of the nation’s most high-profile mass shootings in recent years has been the use of high-capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds and enable a shooter to fire dozens of rounds without having to stop and reload.

In Dayton, Ohio, the mass shooter used a high-capacity rifle equipped with a 100-round drum magazine, which enabled him to fire 41 rounds in 30 seconds. In El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California, both shooters are believed to have used an AK-47 style assault rifle, another high-capacity rifle, which generally holds at least 30 rounds.

Following recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Sen. Menendez called on Congress to take immediate action on several commonsense gun safety measures, including universal background checks that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and individuals with mental illness, and bans on both high capacity magazines and assault weapons, and joined Reps. Deutch, DeGette, and Titus in calling on Congressional leaders to bring up the Keep Americans Safe Act to a vote.

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