Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

For the second year in a row Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Karl Rhoads is advancing a proposal to ban rifle magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, but the measure appears likely to fail in the state House. Rhoads announced Wednesday he will amend Senate Bill 301 to remove language that would have banned assault rifles and “assault shotguns” after his committee was deluged with more than 1,200 pages of testimony. The vast majority of the testimony opposed the bill. Instead, Rhoads said he will limit the scope of the bill to banning “large capacity” rifle magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. That proposal is an effort to limit the number of deaths and injuries that would be inflicted in the event of a mass shooting here, he said. A young girl holds a sign at the State Capitol for the 2018 #MarchForOurLives rally. Sen. Karl Rhoads is again proposing a ban on large-capacity magazines to try to limit to carnage in the event of a mass shooting here, but the bill appears unlikely to pass. A number of other other states already ban the large-capacity magazines, and New Jersey has prohibited them since 1990. Pistol magazines that hold more than 10 rounds have been banned in Hawaii since 1991 for everyone except law enforcement officers. Both the House and Senate advanced bills last year to ban large capacity magazines for rifles as well, but those bills stalled. And the large-capacity magazine ban appears unlikely to fail again […]

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