April 20, 2007


McCarthy has introduced HR 1859: Anti-Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2007 (h/t Say Uncle). It's a slick one too - what it does is more or less partially re-instate the 1994 "assault weapons" ban in order to define what an "assault weapon" is because it bans the "...Transfer of Semiautomatic Assault Weapon With Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device..." It does not (as far as I can see) touch on transfer of the magazines themselves as long as they're not transfered with an "assault weapon" & certified with the AG (within 60 days of enactment) that they were made on or before the date of enactment.

I could be wrong as it's mainly altering sections of existing law - a whole bunch of "strike here & insert there" type stuff that I don't have the energy to get into right now.

In Politics of the Virginia Tech Massacre I said there'd be one of the following:

"A hard push to pass HR1022 as is

A hard push to pass HR1022 with harsher language concerning magazines

A hard push to pass HR1022 with weaker over-all language but strengthened magazine related provisions

A hard push to pass a stand alone magazine restriction (possibly infused with some ammunition restrictions)"

I can't decide if this is the fourth one or the third, since it seems to be a set up to ease the passage of an "assault weapons" ban but it only concerns magazines (with the "assault weapons" portions being definition only).

In any case get ready in case this gains some traction.

Course since she did so well explaining barrel shrouds I wonder if she can explain the difference between a normal capacity magazine & a "Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device"?

Posted by Publicola at April 20, 2007 09:32 AM | TrackBack