Carper Takes Aim at High Capacity Clips

WASHINGTON – Today, on the first day for bills to be introduced in the 113th Congress, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) announced his intention to cosponsor legislation authored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) aimed at reducing gun violence. The bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines holding more than ten rounds and is a component of the gun safety proposal put forth by President Obama and Vice President Biden.

“I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also believe we must take common sense steps to reduce gun violence,” Sen. Carper said. “Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden outlined a comprehensive list of straightforward proposals, including a reinstatement of the ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that existed from 1994 through 2004. These military-style magazines have been used in mass shootings across the country to inflict unthinkable carnage. Most gun owners in Delaware and across the country support sensible gun safety measures. I believe this is one of them, and I’m proud to join Sen. Lautenberg and others in supporting it.”

The legislation would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that have a capacity of, or could be readily converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition. From 1994 to 2004, these high-capacity magazines were illegal as part of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which has since expired. These magazines are currently legal to manufacture and sell under federal law.

Other cosponsors include Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

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Councilman David Anderson is a citizen activist who has served the community in several areas. He is a member of the Academy of Dover Charter School board of directors, a former Dover Human Relations Commissioner, past Chair of Delaware Right to Life PAC, Proud member of the Delaware Army National Guard, former Because We Care Inc. alternative school board member, Republican committee person, and co-founder of the Delaware Initiative and Referendum Coalition. He is currently Huck PAC state coordinator.

17 thoughts on “Carper Takes Aim at High Capacity Clips

  1. Strong supporter of 2nd amendment supporting a ban on gun clips; just proves banning gun clips has nothing to do with the second amendment no matter what uninformed people say.

  2. Kavips
    Carper says he is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment but, that’s a popular position to take right now. Duh, why do you expect a conservative blogsite to believe what Carper says. he wants to infringe on Second Amendment rights and that we’ll believe that he is a supporter of these rights; Puleeze!!
    I wasn’t born yesterday and didn’t fall off of a turnip truck recently, so give us all a break

  3. How did Bob Menendez have time to co-sponsor this bill between trips to the Dominican Republic for some ‘recreation’?

  4. Well I would think that a long termed Senator would be very attuned to the “real’ meaning of the Constitution and that if he is a 2nd Amendment Rights sponsor and he thinks that banning high capacity clips falls very well into the framework of the Constitution, then it falls very well into the framework of the Constitution. Whether or not that is deemed a popular term to throw around these days, has nothing to do with him or the truth.

    A ban on high capacity clips matter-of factly fits very well into the framework of the 2nd Amendment.

  5. You would think wrong. The average person knows what’s best for him or herself more so than –most especially– a long-termed Senator/Governor/Representative/State Treasurer who has not had to function fully in the real world for over three decades now.

  6. What praytell is a “clip”? Hair clips, nail clips, alligator clips…

    Oh, you must mean…’magazines’, right?

  7. Setting aside the arguments for or against. I don’t understand why they choose 10. Why not at least go with what is currently being shipped, 18 or 20 rounds? It just seems like Washington is so out of touch.

  8. “he wants to infringe on Second Amendment rights”

    O RLY Don? And what arms are you no longer allowed to bare due to this proposal? Exactly.

  9. kavips writes in #6: “Well I would think that a long termed Senator would be very attuned to the “real’ meaning of the Constitution”

    WHY would anyone think that?

    Kavips if a politician says something it has to be true, right?

  10. “I don’t understand why they choose 10. Why not at least go with what is currently being shipped, 18 or 20 rounds?”

    A 10 round limit, (like anything Tom Carper touches,) does not do much good. All a school shooter needs to get to 20 rounds is bring 2 ten round clips.

  11. I recall a legal concept that exists whereby preventing the owner of property from enjoying the utility of that property is, in effect, interfering with the ownership of that property. Since some mentioned it doesn’t infringe the second amendment, it could be argued that the utility of the weapon is that it can receive a 30 round magazine for defense or recreational purposes. A factually similar example applying the same rule would be regulating the size of gas tanks in cars.

    And #15 is especially true since mass shootings typically occur where the shooter has time to reload knowing that nobody can fire back.

  12. Most gun owners in Delaware and across the country support…

    Really? Most? Numbers please.

    … sensible gun safety measures…

    Define ‘sensible?’ Does the definition include ‘unconstitutional?’

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