BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is backing legislation that would ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips and require background checks at gun shows.

The bill would outlaw any magazine that has the capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The legislation includes an exemption for any high-capacity magazine lawfully owned before the bill is enacted.

Investigators say alleged Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner used an extended ammunition clip during a rampage earlier this month that left six dead and 13 injured, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The sale of high capacity clips was banned under federal law between 1994 and 2004.

The bill would also close what Kerry called a loophole that allows some gun buyers to avoid background checks when purchasing weapons at gun shows.

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Comments (5)
  1. manny says:

    Oh I get it now. The senator apparently believes that once some nutcase takes out 10 innocent lives, they’ve filled their quota. More gun laws that do nothing but protect those that use them illegally. I’m sure the Latin Kings and the Crypts in the inner city will be very despondent over Sen. Kerry’s position.

  2. Emmit says:

    “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

    Capacity of the magazine does not matters to someone with a vendetta.

  3. Dr says:

    Stupid comment not much to say, if you are in reality you understand if not stay in your dream world

  4. Dave S says:

    There goes John Kerry again, attacking the gun owners and not the actual problem. What do we in MA expect when we keep electing garbage like Kerry and our local Democrats? Again, these bills attack the wrong people. And, they slip in the ammendments like restrictions on gun shows.
    These idiots need to be voted out of office before they destroy our country.
    Kerry a hunter? Excuse me???? I wouldn’t trust that nut with a pop gun.

  5. DStein says:

    There are over 200 million guns owned in the U.S. Based on the hysteria and knee-JERK (and I mean JERK) reaction by John Kerry you’d think millions of people were dying in the U.S. because of guns and high-capacity clips. Total nonsense. With over 22,000 guns laws on the books, does Kerry think one more is going to change things?

    If John Kerry wants to do something to save lives, why doesn’t he come up with legislation that drastically reduces the 1 million babies that are aborted each year in this country? Instead, Kerry over-reacts to one incident, one nut with a gun, and wants to making sweeping changes.

    Talk about misplaced prioroties. But, then again, that’s pretty much a reflection of Kerry’s entire poltical career. I had to laugh when a few weeks ago he was all gun-ho about passing legislation and sending more aid to the Sudan….while his constituents are without jobs, having their homes foreclosed on, and making hard choices about what to cut out of their lives because they have little or nothing left.

    If there is one thing John Kerry is consistent with, it’s that he IS ALWAYS out of touch with the American people.

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