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Tuesday
Jan182011

Rep. McCarthy Intros Bill to Ban High-Capacity Ammo Clips

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the aftermath of the attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords earlier this month, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have proposed a cluster of gun control measures ranging from a ban to knowingly carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials to a proposal to allow members of Congress to carry firearms in the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., formally introduced her own bill on the House floor Tuesday that would ban high-capacity ammunition clips like the one Jared Loughner used to gun down 19 individuals in the Tucson shooting Jan. 8.

McCarthy, who is regarded as one of the toughest gun-control proponents on Capitol Hill, has dedicated her congressional service to reducing gun violence after a tragic incident in 1993 in which gunman Colin Ferguson unleashed a hail of bullets aboard a packed Long Island Railroad commuter train and used 15-round magazines to kill six people, including McCarthy’s husband, and injure 19 more, including her son.

“I know what it’s like to have tragedy brought to your life in a split second by a madman with high-capacity ammunition magazines,” McCarthy said. “I’m working to stop it from happening again.  We need comprehensive reform to reduce the number of people hurt or killed by gunfire in America, but one simple way we can do that is by keeping the worst tools of mass murder away from the general public.  This nation has come together before to support this simple, commonsense measure, and it is the law in several states right now.  It is a small sacrifice that law-abiding gun owners can make once again in order to increase everyone’s safety.”

Like Loughner’s rampage in Tucson earlier this month, the gunman that killed McCarthy’s husband was not stopped until bystanders tackled him as he stopped shooting in order to reload -- strengthening the case for smaller magazines with fewer bullets, according to McCarthy.

McCarthy says her bill would set a 10-round-maximum standard that’s already in place in four other states, and was a nationwide standard for a decade before the previous federal assault weapons ban expired in 2004.

Loughner’s Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun was outfitted with an extended clip that carried 31 rounds.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Top Republican Rep. Peter King to Introduce Gun-Control Legislation

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Peter King, R-New York, announced Tuesday that he will introduce a bill to ban knowingly carrying a firearm within 1,000 feet of certain high-profile government officials.
 
“[Mayor Michael Bloomberg] and I have discussed that we are introducing in the next several weeks legislation which would make it a federal crime to carry a weapon within 1,000 feet of any event which is attended by the President, the Vice President, members of the Senate, members of the House of Representatives, Cabinet officials, including the CIA director as well as federal judges,” King announced Tuesday morning at City Hall in New York City.
 
The attempted murder of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and the subsequent shooting that killed six people last weekend is the first notable assassination attempt of a public official that transpired into a mass shooting.

King is the first Republican to introduce gun-control legislation in the wake of Saturday’s shooting. Others, including gun control advocate Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-New York, have also said they will introduce legislation aimed at cracking down on firearms.

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