Las Vegas congressman continues push for ban on high-capacity magazines

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Lawmakers in Washington continue to mull over how the Las Vegas shooting could have been prevented. Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) says if the shooter didn’t have access to high-capacity magazines, there wouldn’t have been as much loss of life. He says such accessories have no place in everyday life.

Rep. Kihuen (D-NV) says high-capacity magazines contributed to the deadliness of the Las Vegas attack.

“This Congress refuses to take action against on preventing this type of gun violence in our country,” said Kihuen.

Kihuen says there are ways to approach gun reform without taking everyone’s guns away. He introduced the “Keep Americans Safe Act,” calling for the prohibition of high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Though someone intent on causing destruction could buy more of the legal, 10 round magazines, Kihuen says the higher the capacity, the less reloading a shooter has to do.

“Unless you’re going to war, you don’t need thousands of (rounds of) ammunition,” said Kihuen.

He says he believes in the Second Amendment, he conceals and carries. But, he says, gun ownership needs to be done responsibly. Kihuen believes had the Las Vegas shooter not had a high-capacity magazine, there would’ve been fewer deaths.

“I’m calling on my Congress colleagues that if they do indeed care about the future of this country and its citizens and their constituents that we need to now have that debate,” said Kihuen.

Opponents of Kihuen’s legislation say extended magazines did not contribute to the tragedy in Las Vegas. A gun owner advocate tells us the problem is when victims aren’t allowed to defend themselves with high capacity weapons.

“That’s part of the Second Amendment. That’s part of the equipment that the Founders wanted us to have, generally speaking,” said Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America.

Pratt says instead of pushing for gun control and banning extended magazines, he wants these tragedies to spark conversations about protecting Americans and eliminating gun free zones.

“I better be able to protect myself and my family and my little children rather than just let some bad guy do what he wants,” said Pratt.

Kihuen’s legislation currently sits in the House Judiciary Committee.

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