Resolution in Support of the Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban Act of 2020 H7264/S2130

WHEREAS: Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines, generally defined as magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds, are feeding devices that may hold as many as 100 rounds of ammunition; and

WHEREAS: Nine States and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning large capacity ammunition magazines including: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont; and

WHEREAS: Large capacity ammunition magazines have been used in most mass shootings of innocent civilians, including:

  • Dayton, Ohio, August 4, 2019: when a shooter killed 9 and wounded 17 at a local tavern with an AR-15-style assault pistol equipped with a 100-round magazine;
  • Parkland, Florida, February 14, 2018: when a shooter killed 17 and wounded 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15-style assault rifle equipped with a 30-round magazine;
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1, 2017: when a shooter killed 58 and wounded 413 from the window of a suite on the 32nd floor of a hotel tower using weapons that included twelve AR-15-style assault rifles, all of which were equipped with bump stocks and eleven of which had 100-round magazines and one had a 40-round magazine, one AR-10 rifle equipped with a 25- round magazine, a bolt-action rifle, and a revolver, and fired more than 1,050 rounds of ammunition;
  • Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016: when a shooter killed 49 and wounded 58 at the Pulse Nightclub with an AR-15-style assault rifle equipped with a 30-round magazine;
  • Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012: when a shooter killed 26 and wounded 2 at Sandy Hook Elementary School with an AR-15- style assault rifle equipped with a 30-round magazine;
  • Tucson, Arizona, January 8, 2011: when a shooter killed 6 people and wounded 13 outside a grocery store where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was hosting a constituent meeting with a semi-automatic pistol with a 33 round magazine, and

WHEREAS: In a review of 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012, large capacity ammunition magazines were recovered in 50% of them. Mother Jones, “A Killing Machine: Half of All Mass Shooters Used High-Capacity Magazines,” January 2013; and

WHEREAS: A recent study on mass shootings found that restrictions on large capacity ammunition magazines could potentially reduce mass shooting fatalities by 11% to 15% and total victims shot by 24% to 26%. Christopher S. Koper, Assessing the Potential to Reduce Deaths and Injuries from Mass Shootings Through Restrictions on Assault Weapons and Other High-Capacity Semiautomatic Firearms, Criminology & Public Policy, 2020, and

WHEREAS: Limiting ammunition magazines to a capacity of 10 rounds would require a shooter to pause to change out the magazine more frequently and could result in lives saved; and

WHEREAS: The Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban Act of 2020 would ban possession, manufacture, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition-feeding device capable of accepting more than 10 rounds, and

WHEREAS: Representative Justine Caldwell submitted this legislation in the House of Representatives with a record majority forty- two cosponsors and Senator Gayle Goldin submitted this legislation in the State Senate with a majority twenty-one cosponsors, and

WHEREAS: On January 29, 2020 the Rhode Island State Senate and the RI House Judiciary Committee passed common-sense gun violence prevention bills banning untraceable Ghost Guns and 3D-Printed Guns in Rhode Island showing momentum in the General Assembly to pass meaningful gun safety legislation.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: That the Jamestown Democratic Town Committee respectfully requests that the Rhode Island General Assembly affirmatively vote for, and that Governor Gina Raimondo sign into law, the Large Capacity Feeding Device Ban Act of 2020, H7264 and S2130; and that a copy of this resolution be provided to Senator Dawn Euer and Representative Deb Ruggiero, the chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the House Speaker, the Senate President, and the Governor.

 

WHERETO: The following bear witness:

        Anne Livingston                                                             Melody Drnach

Co-Chair   / Anne Livingston                                        Co-Chair / Melody Drnach

Introduced by:      Sydney Keen                                 Passed:      10 February 2020                     

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