Legislating Gun Mags Without Knowing How They Work

By Kelly Maher

A public meeting of the Denver Post Editorial Board exposed the deep ignorance of Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), the prime Co-Sponsor of a federal bill to ban “high” capacity magazines, on the very issue she’s attempting to legislate. During the meeting Rep. DeGette offered some comments about her bill:

(29:13) . . . I’m the Prime House Co-Sponsor on the ban on the high capacity magazines and I believe that as this bill works through it has an excellent chance of passing. Like the background checks, the magazine ban has a very solid national support around the country and it only makes sense. For most purposes having these, these magazine clips that have, that have more than 15 rounds in them, there’s really no purpose for those except for shooting targets or shooting people.”

DeGette, while answering a question posed by Denver Post editorial board member  Alicia Caldwell about the effectiveness of such a ban said:

(31:22) “To your last question: ‘What’s the efficacy of banning these magazine clips?’ I will tell you, these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now, they’re going to shoot them. So if you ban, if you ban them in the future, the number of these high capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will be shot and there won’t be any more available.”

DeGette demonstrated her lack of knowledge as to what a magazine (not a clip) actually is: a reloadable container that houses ammunition, and can be used and reused. Her bill doesn’t ban the ammunition that is loaded into a magazine, and therefore her misconception that once high capacity magazines are shot they will “decrease dramatically” exposes the complete lack of understanding of the very thing she is trying to legislate.