Sen. Lautenberg introduces ban on high-capacity magazines

The bill would ban magazines with more than 10 rounds

By Jillian Rayfield
Published January 23, 2013 1:03AM (UTC)
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Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., introduced legislation Tuesday to make it illegal to manufacture or sell magazines that contain more than 10 rounds,.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., who introduced a House companion to the bill, said in a statement that the magazines are "the common thread in every major mass shooting in recent history and taking them off the market can have a major impact on saving lives in America."


Lautenberg said in a statement:

 It is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for military-style supersized magazines like those used inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Aurora, and in Tucson, and I will keep working to reinstate the ban on them. President Obama's bold plan to address gun violence included my common-sense proposal to ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and we will get to work in Congress to pass this bill and other reasonable reforms that protect children and families.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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