Himes: 'No Civilian Needs a Gun With A Magazine that Holds 30 Bullets'

Monroe's representative in the U.S. Congress issued a statement Tuesday about gun control measures being discussed by federal representatives.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Monroe, issued the following statement today in response to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) announcement that his committee will soon take up several gun violence prevention measures, including legislation to institute universal background checks and to reinstate the assault weapons ban:

“While I am encouraged by the news that the Senate will soon begin considering bills to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and help improve safety in our schools and communities, I am angry that the House has yet to take any steps towards sending gun violence prevention measures to the President’s desk. Over two months after Newtown, it is long past time for Congress to get to work making the common-sense changes that will help ensure such an awful tragedy never happens again.

 “No civilian needs a gun with a magazine that holds 30 bullets. No one who wants to own a gun should be able to hide their criminal record behind a loophole. And no parent should be forced to raise their mentally ill child without the mental health services they need. While I am disappointed with the delay, I remain firmly committed to reducing gun violence. In the coming weeks, I will continue doing everything I can to bring my colleagues from both sides of the aisle together to get this job done.”

Paul February 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM
All you need to do sir, is have your colleague's use the health care program currently being used ( and your self) and they will with out a doubt reform it. As far as a civilian owning a 30rd magazine, well my feeling is that if it's good enough for law man to own it dammed well be good enough for me. In was raised with the morales of ever man is equal, unless he or she proves them self different. And beleave you me I know there are a lot of law officers out there that are not a 1/4 trust worthy then I. You really need to think before you take action Sir. That's why we have half of the problems we have today. Because politicians like you self open your mouth and act in your behalf not the publicist.
Alex February 27, 2013 at 02:35 AM
I don't believe limiting magazine size will make us any safer. Background checks on all gun transactions could make us safer, but my thought on magazine size is simply: What's from stopping an individual from having 3 10 clip hand guns on them? Assault rifles may look scary, but statistics show hand guns kill almost10x the number of people in recent years. There is rational gun reform that can be accomplished and make us all a little safer(like background checks, enforcing mental health record submission to NICS, and requiring proper storage of weapons), but to me the magazine size debate is not one of them.
Peg February 27, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing with us, the solid majority, and not being swayed by the minority. I feel totally represented.


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