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Democrats Propose “Keep Americans Safe Act” – Legislation to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

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Democrats are set to re-introduce a high-capacity gun magazine ban bill, H.R.4052 – Keep Americans Safe Act, on Tuesday. The legislation would ban any magazine that’s capacity exceeds more than ten rounds.

The legislation has been dubbed the “Keep Americans Safe Act” and was cosponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida and Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey.

Deutch stated that where “high-capacity magazines make those shooters dramatically more dangerous. You’ve got to take action to address it.”

“The fact is that these high-capacity magazines allow someone to fire off more than 10 rounds in a row,” Deutch added. “You don’t need that if you’re a hunter, you don’t need that for any purpose. You don’t need that for sporting purposes.”

Menendez predicts that critics of the bill will make “the generic argument” that any limitation or any restriction is a violation of the Second Amendment.

“We’ve struck at the heart, I think, of some of the most reasonable gun safety measures that can be the beginning of moving us into a more sane process in the days ahead,” he told CNN in a phone interview on Monday.

National Rifle Association spokesperson Jennifer Baker responded; “This legislation would effectively ban the most commonly owned firearms for self-defense. It is an arbitrary limit pulled out of thin air with no evidence that the limits would improve public safety. In fact the after report from the deadliest school shooting in American history states that magazine limits would have had no impact. This is just more nonsense from anti-gun zealots who are looking to score political by proposing legislation that would make criminals out of law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right to self-defense while doing nothing to deter criminals from committing crimes.”

Previously, Senator Dianne Feinstein re-introduced legislation to ban assault weapons; the bill, S.66, is an updated version of prior legislature to include banning the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Senator Feinstein stated on Twitter about the bill; “Last year we saw tens of thousands of students take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities. This generation has grown up with active-shooter drills, hiding under their desks. #EnoughIsEnough

Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. If we’re going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets.

That’s why I’m proud to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019. This bill bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and importation of 205 military-style assault weapons by name.

It also bans any assault weapon that accepts a detachable magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.

And it bans magazines and other ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which allow shooters to quickly fire many rounds without needing to reload.”

While Senator Feinstein’s proposal not only seeks to ban assault-style weapons, it is also apparent that within S.66, Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, the proposal to ban high-capacity magazines is included.

The bill, H.R.4052 – Keep Americans Safe Act, would make it illegal for gun owners to knowingly transfer, possess, import, or bring into the United States a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Should bill 4052 become law, an individual could be the recipient of a fine and or face up to ten years in prison.

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