Congress readies new gun-control bills after Gabrielle Giffords shooting
One gun-control measure would limit the number of rounds in a clip to 10. The suspect in the Gabrielle Giffords shooting allegedly had a 30-round clip, allowing him more shots before reloading. Another bill would ban guns within 1,000 feet of some government officials.
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In 2007, Congress passed, and President Bush signed, a bill aimed at boosting compliance with reporting requirements to keep mentally disturbed people from buying firearms. That came following the Virginia Tech massacre earlier that year, in which a deranged student killed 32 people in a shooting rampage.Skip to next paragraph
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In an interview Tuesday on MSNBC, McCarthy acknowledged that sportsmen can enjoy using high-capacity clips in target-shooting, but called on them to sacrifice “for the safety of other people.”
“I'm asking my sportsmen, and certainly gun owners, to really think about this,” she said.
Senator Lautenberg says he plans to file legislation limiting gun clips to 10 rounds later this month, after Congress reconvenes.
The National Rifle Association has posted news articles on its web site about the planned legislation focused on high-capacity clips, but has yet to respond specifically to the plans. When asked for a response, an NRA media liaison issued the same statement the organization has been putting out since the Tucson shootings: "At this time anything other than prayers for the victims and their families would be inappropriate."
Another member of Congress, Rep. Peter King (R) of New York, announced Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation making it illegal to carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of certain government officials, such as lawmakers. Congressman King is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and cochair of the Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns.
King spoke at a news conference alongside New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an advocate of stricter gun control. Mayor Bloomberg called for improvements to the background-check system, noting that Loughner was able to buy a gun even after a drug arrest.
“As the Senate author of the Assault Weapons Ban, I’m looking at all of the options,” Senator Feinstein said in a statement Monday. “I’d like to talk to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle about this.”