Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) are introducing legislation to ban any firearm magazine holding more than 10 rounds. If passed, anybody possessing a magazine of over 10 rounds who doesn’t turn it in through their mandatory “gun buyback” will become a felon.
According to the press release announcing the legislation, the introduction date is meant to coincide with the anniversary of the Virginia Tech gun-free zone shooting that occurred on April 16, 2007. This is despite the Virginia Tech Review Panel found that while the shooter used 15-round magazines, if he were to use 10 round magazines it “would have not made that much difference in the incident.”
This gun ban would effect tens of millions of Americans, as the majority of the most popular guns in America come standard with magazines of more than 10-rounds.
Unlike some magazine bans, like the one in place in Colorado, there are not exceptions for those who owned the magazine before the ban being enacted, besides very narrow exceptions “for certain current and former law enforcement personnel, for certain Atomic Energy personnel and purpose, for tubular devices that can only accept .22 rimfire ammunition, and for certain authorized testing or experimentation.”
It would also require any future magazines manufactured “to have conspicuous serial numbers and date of manufacture to help law enforcement identify restricted magazines.”
The bill is largely being supported by AstroTurf gun control groups, largely funded by billionaire anti-gun zealot Michael Bloomberg, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown, March for Our Lives, Change The Ref, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Center for American Progress and Violence Policy Center, and Orange Ribbons for Gun Safety.
The bill currently has no bill number, as it isn’t introduced yet, but gun owners should contact their representatives and urge them to publicly oppose any magazine ban.
You can find your Representative through this link, and call their office.