Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

October 2012 Political Report: Colorado Tragedy Leads to Proposed Ammo and Magazine Limits

Monday, September 24, 2012

October 2012 Political Report: Colorado Tragedy Leads to Proposed Ammo and Magazine Limits

By Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director

Like the rest of the nation, all of us at the NRA were shocked and saddened by the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., this past July. We quickly issued a statement that our thoughts and prayers were with the victims, their families and the community, then we respectfully declined any further comment during the time of national mourning.

However, opponents of the Second Amendment were not nearly so reserved. Their outrageous but predictable response was to exploit the tragedy before the police had finished collecting evidence. The Brady Campaign’s new president bragged that “Within 48 hours of the terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colo., a new campaign was launched. … [it] shows just how ready the American public is to address gun violence.”  Their “new” campaign consisted of a slick new website and Facebook page, pushing the same, tired gun control proposals they’ve been promoting for decades.

Politicians joined the fray. President Obama himself told the Urban League that “AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. … they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”  The remark was classic Obama: non-committal and meaningless, but consultant-tested to look good to his political base.

On Capitol Hill, Second Amendment opponents dusted off two proposals to restrict freedoms. In the Senate, Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., proposed an amendment to ban the import, possession and transfer of magazines that accept more than 10 rounds, and that are manufactured after the enactment of the amendment. Pre-ban magazines could be possessed by the current owner, but not transferred—even upon the owner’s death. The amendment provides for fines and up to 10 years in prison for violations—double the possible prison term under the 1994-2004 federal ban.

Lautenberg then teamed up with Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., to introduce a bill to ban the online sale of ammunition. Of course, ammunition is ammunition, whether it’s bought online or from a local gun store or “big box” retailer. Do they really think mass murderers will abandon their plans because they have to stop by a store? They also proposed a licensing requirement for ammunition dealers and recordkeeping on ammo sales—both of which were once federal law, and both of which were repealed in 1986 after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms said the requirements had “no substantial law enforcement value.”

Others have suggested limiting the amount of ammunition a person can buy, or reporting purchases they consider  “too large.” They have no clue how much ammunition is bought and sold in our country. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that 10-12 billion rounds of ammunition are produced domestically each year, while billions more are imported.

A good summary of arguments against restricting ammunition sales was recently delivered by an unlikely source—the Obama administration’s top U.S. negotiator at the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. That statement said, “Ammunition is a fundamentally different commodity. … It is fungible, consumable, reloadable, and cannot be marked in any practical way that would permit it to be tracked or traced. Any practical proposal for ammunition would need to consider the significant burdens associated with licensing, authorizations, and recordkeeping for ammunition that is produced and transferred in the billions of rounds per year.”  

The knee-jerk response is not limited to Washington, D.C. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made his bid for the spotlight by hijacking an NRA-supported bill that had already passed the legislature. He vetoed the bill, then abused his powers to rewrite it as a ban and registration scheme on virtually every detachable-magazine semi-auto rifle and countless pistols and shotguns, with restrictions far beyond the scope of even the Clinton gun ban.

All this exploitation ignores a stark reality. The suspect in the shootings was charged with 142 counts of murder and attempted murder. He also violated hundreds of other state and federal laws relating to firearms and violence. It has been reported that the college psychiatrist who was treating the suspect had notified a “threat assessment team” that she was alarmed by his behavior; but nothing was done.

No gun law in the world can remedy the deficiencies we have seen time and time again in how the authorities handle—or fail to handle—people with dangerous mental illness. Addressing that problem, rather than assailing the rights of the law-abiding, should be the real challenge for lawmakers to face.

TRENDING NOW
Wisconsin: Important Right to Carry Bill Introduced

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wisconsin: Important Right to Carry Bill Introduced

Today, LRB 2039/1 was introduced to the Wisconsin State Legislature.  This Right to Carry bill would allow for the concealed carry of a firearm without a concealed carry license anywhere in the state where an ...

California: One Gun a Month Bill Pulled from Senate Public Safety Hearing

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

California: One Gun a Month Bill Pulled from Senate Public Safety Hearing

Today, Tuesday, March 28, anti-gun SB 497, was scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  At the last minute, the bill was pulled from today's agenda. Thank you to all who contacted the ...

Texas: Senate Passes SB 16, LTC Fee Reduction Bill, by Overwhelming Vote

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Texas: Senate Passes SB 16, LTC Fee Reduction Bill, by Overwhelming Vote

On Monday, the Texas Senate voted to pass Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston), on a 26-5 vote.

Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

News  

Gun Laws  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Seattle Gun Tax Fails to Generate Projected Revenue, Succeeds in Burdening Rights

On March 16, 2017, the Seattle Times reported that Seattle city officials were reluctant to release data on the revenue generated by the city’s firearms and ammunition tax, citing taxpayer confidentiality concerns. Less than a ...

Virginia Action Needed: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Self-Defense Bills

Monday, March 27, 2017

Virginia Action Needed: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Self-Defense Bills

Following their passage in the Virginia General Assembly, Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed multiple self-defense bills; Senate Bill 1299, Senate Bill 1300, House Bill 1852, and House Bill 1853. 

News  

Monday, March 27, 2017

NRA Applauds Texas State Senate for Passing SB 16

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action applauds the Texas Senate today for passing Senate Bill 16, legislation that substantially reduces License To Carry fees in the Lone Star state.

Georgia: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Bills – Governor Needs to Hear From You!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Georgia: Senate Passes Pro-Gun Bills – Governor Needs to Hear From You!

Today, the Georgia Senate passed pro-gun bills; House Bill 406, House Bill 292, and House Bill 280. 

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Washington Post Gives Gun Control Group and U.S. Senator Three Pinocchios on Suppressors

Last week, we wrote about Americans for Responsible Solutions’ irresponsible misinformation about The Hearing Protection Act on Twitter.  Apparently, we weren’t the only ones who took notice of ARS’s complete disregard for the facts on ...

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Embraces Heller and Originalism During Senate Hearings

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme court, asserted during his confirmation hearings this week that Scalia’s landmark Second Amendment opinion in District of ...

California: Anti-Gun Bill Limiting Firearm Purchases to be Heard in Senate Public Safety on Tuesday, March 28

Friday, March 24, 2017

California: Anti-Gun Bill Limiting Firearm Purchases to be Heard in Senate Public Safety on Tuesday, March 28

On Tuesday, March 28, anti-gun SB 497, is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  SB 497 would expand the existing one handgun a month law to include ALL guns.  

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.