Dems Introduce Magazine Ban Bill

(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

One of the dream list items for anti-gun politicians is a magazine ban. They want to limit how many rounds you can carry in your weapon to just 10 rounds. There’s really no reason for this as it’s arbitrary as hell, but they somehow feel better if you can only carry 10 rounds instead of 12 or 15.

Usually, this is lumped in with assault weapon ban proposals, since the two have been linked for some time in the hearts and minds of anti-gunners throughout the nation.

However, they don’t have to be.

Now, anti-gun lawmakers are seeking to do just that.

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and the Senate on Wednesday introduced gun control legislation that would ban the sale, manufacturing, transfer, possession or importation of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.

The bill comes after President Biden last week called on Congress to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Ted Deutch of Florida, and Dina Titus of Nevada, rolled out the legislation Wednesday, known as the Keep Americans Safe Act.

Magazines holding more than 10 rounds were banned for 10 years under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994. “We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence,” the Department of Justice-funded study concluded in 2004. “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

The legislation would also authorize a “high-capacity” magazine buyback program; require any “high-capacity” magazines manufactured after the bill is enacted to have a “conspicuous serial number” and date of manufacture printed on it, so that it can be identified by law enforcement; and ensure law enforcement agencies have the authority to “seize and destroy high-capacity magazines possessed illegally.”

It seems the bill would also ban “coupled” or “joined” magazines.

In other words, if you tape a couple of 10-rounders together, you’d be in violation of the law.

Now, as for this bill, what are its odds of passing? Well, it’s less popular than universal background checks, and that bill isn’t going anywhere right now, so yeah, I’m just not seeing this one doing much of anything.

Sure, it’ll pass the House, but then it’ll stall in the Senate. Thankfully.

Note, though, that the Department of Justice found that the assault weapon ban and the associated magazine ban aren’t believed to have any real impact on crime. So why, then, are anti-gun Democrats still pushing this tired bit of legislation? They can name the bill anything they want, but it’s not going to keep anyone safe, no matter how much they might claim otherwise.

What’s more, they know it.

But they also know that restricting magazines makes it harder to resist a tyrannical government. They don’t want us being able to resist whatever socialist ideas they want to cram down our throat, so they figure they can deal with that by restricting our magazines and, eventually, every other tool for self-defense.

The upside is that I have a better shot of not just going out with Kate Beckinsale, but having my wife’s permission to do so, than this bill has of passing in this particular Congress.

 

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Dec 04, 2021 11:30 AM ET