Lawmaker: Limit Size Of Ammunition Clips To Counter Gun Violence Problem

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PHOENIX – A Democratic state senator wants Arizona to ban ammunition clips that hold more than 10 rounds, saying they enable rampages like the ones in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and her hometown of Tucson.

“After Sandy Hook, we said that was enough,” Linda Lopez said. “Those 20 children who were killed there, that was the minority compared to the number of children who die every year because of gun violence.”

At a news conference, Lopez said she also will propose legislation to require background checks for all gun sales and to repeal a state law requiring law enforcement to sell confiscated guns to licensed dealers.

“This problem is multifaceted, but we do have to start somewhere,” she said.

Lopez said she was working on the bills, which have yet to be introduced, with the nonprofit Arizonans for Gun Safety.

That group’s founder, Geraldine Hills, urged lawmakers to look beyond issues of gun rights and gun control to better protect citizens.

“This is not and should not be a partisan issue,” Hills said.

Lopez’s proposal comes two years after Jared Lee Loughner used a 30-round clip to shoot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, six of whom died, at a Tucson-area Safeway supermarket. Loughner, who was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in an agreement with prosecutors.

“We can’t just blame the mentally ill for this,” Lopez said.

Besides restricting the size of ammunition clips, Lopez said Arizona needs to require universal background checks for all gun purchasers. That would expand the requirement to include purchases at gun shows and from unlicensed parties.

Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, the House minority leader, also proposed universal background checks Wednesday when he announced plans for bills to address gun violence.

Lopez also wants to repeal a 2012 law requiring law enforcement agencies to sell or auction weapons used in crimes to licensed gun dealers within one year of seizure.

The proposal:

• Ban ammunition clips

larger than 10 rounds.

• Repeal a law requiring law

enforcement to sell to

licensed dealers weapons

seized from criminals.

• Require background

checks for all gun

purchasers, including those

buying from unlicensed

dealers.

Comments

Ronald Hamric 1 year, 2 months ago

Once again lawmakers who have no concept about how firearms operate/function. They are more of those who are simply terrified of all firearms due to their potential. Ultimately they would require ALL firearms to be confiscated and destroyed, because "even one life saved is worth it". What do you suppose their answer will be when the weapons of choice are baseball bats, knives, hands and feet,? It's as if a person who is afraid to drive on public streets was put in charge of designating the choices of vehicles people could choose for their personal use. Our rights/freedoms are like peeling an onion. Remove one layer at a time and eventualy you end up with no onion at all.

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