Lautenberg urges high-capacity gun magazine ban

PLAINFIELD - U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg held a press conference today in Plainfield to urge Congress to pass legislation that would ban high-capacity gun magazines.

Sen. Lautenberg introduced the bill to ban high-capacity gun magazines following the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. in which a high-capacity gun magazine was used to kill six people and injure several others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

"The only reason to have a high-capacity magazine in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly. Outlawing high-capacity magazines will make our communities and our country safer," stated Lautenberg at the event. "With support from local communities and gun safety advocates, I will continue our fight in Washington to ban high-capacity gun magazines and restore common-sense gun laws in America."

Such magazines were banned under the federal assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004, but were made legal again when the ban expired seven years ago. The high-capacity clips remain banned in New Jersey.

Under the proposed legislation, the sale and manufacture of high-capacity gun magazines would be banned and gun magazines would be limited to 10 rounds.

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