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Posted on 12.19.2012 6:39 p.m.

Capps Calls for House Vote on Bill to Ban High-Capacity Ammunition

Source: Ashley Schapitl for Rep. Lois Capps

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, on Wednesday joined more than 100 of her colleagues in calling on the House of Representatives leadership to bring the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act (House Resolution 308) to the House floor for a vote.

Capps has long co-sponsored the legislation, which would ban the transfer, possession or import of high-capacity magazines capable of holding 10 or more rounds. Such restrictions were in place as part of the assault weapons ban that lapsed in 2004.

“In the wake of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we must take action to address this type of violence,” Capps said. “One common-sense step we can take to combat mass gun violence would be to ban the high-power ammunition clips that allow a gunman to fire dozens of rounds in less than a minute. This is a reasonable step that would help minimize the deadliness of gun violence. Americans have the constitutional right to own guns, but as a country we have the responsibility to place sensible rules on to reduce the risk of this kind of horrific event.

“As we look ahead to the next Congress, I am hopeful we will be taking a comprehensive look at all the factors — including how we deal with mental illness — that lead to extreme gun violence in the United States and take meaningful steps to address this significant problem facing our society.”

— Ashley Schapitl is press secretary for Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

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» on 12.19.12 @ 09:56 PM

Uh, basic lesson here.  The term “high capacity ammunition” used in the headline to this article is meaningless.  “High capacity magazine” is the term, and it’s not the magazine that allows rapid fire, it’s the gun.  I see great danger in letting people ignorant of the facts, physics, and mechanics of guns make laws about guns.  I’d apply that logic to many things that ignorant government officials get involved in.  Not to say the reaonable gun regulation is bad; but it would be nice to know that the people doing the regulating have some clue what they are talking about.

» on 12.20.12 @ 12:00 PM

Thank you, Lois.

» on 12.20.12 @ 12:06 PM

Why is Capp’s working so hard on this issue and not Standing up for the middle class hard working folks and getting the “Cliff” problem solved?

» on 12.20.12 @ 02:11 PM

capps is a bandwagon politician. she will go whichever way the wind is blowing because she is incapable of integrity.

» on 12.20.12 @ 03:53 PM

Did you not see the marinate strings attached to her?

Nothing new here, and she has refused to address the reduction of crime with a different point of view… say in Texas.

Now about her unwillingness to take her and every member of Congress OUT of the retirement system and the health care system and into what you and I have to deal with.

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