Congressional Democrats are planning to introduce federal legislation banning so-called “large-capacity” magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The Guardianreports that the measure will be introduced into the House by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., and several House members from Nevada.
If you need a gun for self-defense, should the government dictate how many rounds of ammunition you’ll be allowed to have? And what constitutes a “large-capacity” magazine? California, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York currently have a 10-round limit. In Colorado and New Jersey, it’s 15 rounds. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy three times introduced bills with a seven-round limit. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has supported a three-round limit. And of course, former Vice President Joe Biden once famously said two rounds is all that you need.
This latest proposal would ban the transfer, importation or possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. We’ll report further as more information becomes available.