REP. JACKY ROSEN CO-LEADS NEW LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) joined with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) to help introduce the Keep Americans Safe Act of 2017. This legislation would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines that are able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Rosen and Esty are both members of the Problem Solvers Caucus whose districts have suffered tragic mass shootings.
"It is more urgent than ever that we take meaningful action to reduce the toll of widespread gun violence,” said Rosen. “There’s no single solution, but I know we can support the Second Amendment while taking reasonable steps to reduce the carnage inflicted on our communities by gun violence. High-capacity magazines have no practical purpose for hunting or self-defense, they increase the threat for potential victims trying to find safety, and they make it more challenging for law enforcement to confront and neutralize an active shooter. Banning high-capacity magazines is a commonsense step Congress can take to decrease the scope and widespread destruction of tragic mass shootings.”
BACKGROUND: Large capacity ammunition feeding devices (LCAFDs) were federally banned by Congress in 1994, but that ban lapsed in 2004. The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines that are able to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. This legislation does not apply to any magazines or devices that are legally owned at the time of enactment, and it does not apply to military or law enforcement officers who use these devices in their official capacity.
In 2016, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo supported a ban on high-capacity magazines, saying “there’s no need to have a high-capacity magazine for any practical reason.” According to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, an increase in gun violence has contributed to the murder rate rising to its highest level in 20 years.