Key House panel to return to Washington to take up gun-safety bills
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A key House committee announced today that it will be returning early from the scheduled recess to take up a series of gun-safety-related bills in response to the deadly shootings that recently took place in Texas, California and Ohio.
The House Judiciary Committee will meet on Sept. 4 to consider several pieces of legislation that seek to address the growing threat of gun violence in America.
Among the measures the committee says it will take up is a bill that was introduced in February by U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) to reinstate the nation’s ban on the sale, transfer or possession of high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
“There is no legitimate reason why anyone, other than law enforcement or members of our military, should need a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds,” DeGette said. “One of the most important things we can do, right now, is ban these high-capacity magazines that are being used to maximize carnage during these deadly attacks.”
Many of the nation’s most high-profile mass shootings have involved the use of high-capacity magazines that enable a shooter to fire dozens of rounds before having to stop and reload.
According to police in Dayton, Ohio, the gunman responsible for the recent mass shooting there used an AM-15 rifle with a high-capacity, double-drum magazine capable of holding up to 100 rounds of ammunition, which enabled him to fire off 41 rounds – and kill nine people – in just 32 seconds before he was taken down by officers.
Similarly, shooters responsible for recent attacks in El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California, were also found to have been carrying high-capacity magazines capable of holding up to 75 rounds of ammunition.
If approved, the bill DeGette and Deutch introduced – known as the Keep Americans Safe Act – would ban the sale, manufacture, import, transfer or possession of high-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. It would not apply to law enforcement officers or members of the military who use high-capacity magazines in their official capacity.