DeGette introduces ban on high-capacity magazines

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Conservatives piled on to Rep. Diana DeGette after she made a statement Tuesday that appeared to show a misunderstanding of how gun magazines work.

Conservatives piled on to Rep. Diana DeGette after she made a statement Tuesday that appeared to show a misunderstanding of how gun magazines work.

DENVER — On the first day of the new Congress, Rep. Diana DeGette introduced legislation to ban high-capacity magazines like those used by gunmen in a number of deadly mass shootings last year.

DeGette, D-Denver, who first outlined the legislation after the Aurora theater shooting last July and announced a renewed commitment to it following the December shooting at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut, is the co-author of the bill along with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY, whose husband was murdered 19 years ago in a shooting at a Long Island railway station.

At a press conference last month, DeGette argued that banning high-capacity clips would go a long way toward limiting the number of shots that can be fired by a gunman in the event of future mass shootings.

“We can probably never stop a disturbed individual completely from taking a gun and going into a school or a shopping mall or a store parking lot and trying to shoot people, but we can give those victims a fighting chance,” she said. “We can give those victims a fighting chance when that assaulter tries to reload to take him down like they did when our friend and former colleague Gabby Giffords was shot.”

Another Colorado congressman, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, is also sponsoring gun control legislation — a ban on high-powered assault weapons like the one passed in 1994 that expired a decade later.

President Obama, following the Connecticut shooting, has tasked Vice President Joe Biden with guiding various gun control proposals to Congress for votes some time in January or Februrary.

The National Rifle Association has signaled its opposition to these measures and very few Republicans have signaled their support.

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