Politico has a copy of the post-Safeway Massacre high-capacity magazine-banning bill floated by New York Congressional Representative Carolyn McCarthy. (Thanks for the pdf/link guys.) The proposed legislation “goes further than than the assault weapon ban that expired in 2004, outlawing the sale or transfer of clips that hold more than ten rounds, even those obtained before the law takes effect . . . The bill closes a loophole in the expired assault weapon ban that let gun owners buy high-capacity magazines made before the ban took effect in 1994. The bill carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.” Speaking of “excess” lead, this bill’s a lead balloon . . .
“The bill faces an uphill climb in the new Republican-controlled House,” Politico reports with unconscious British understatement. “An aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said it’s unlikely that he would support it.”
One more thing, while we’re here . . .
Gun control is a personal matter for McCarthy, whose husband was murdered and son seriously injured in 1993, when a disturbed gunman opened fire on a Long Island commuter train. Like the alleged Arizona shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman who killed McCarthy’s husband also used a high-capacity magazine.
No, he didn’t. Although spree killer Colin Ferguson fired 30 rounds from a Ruger P-89 9mm on that fateful day, he used two standard capacity, fully-legal 15-round magazines. FWIW.