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Democratic Lawmakers in Delaware Eye Ban on Large-capacity Magazines

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 2:32 PM Updated:
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DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for stricter gun regulations in Delaware, proposing a ban on high-capacity magazines.

A bill to be introduced Thursday criminalizes the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, receipt or unlawful possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

As with other recent gun-control proposals, exemptions would be allowed for both active and retired police officers.

The bill does not call for the confiscation of large-capacity magazines already lawfully owned by Delawareans, but it does prohibit their possession in public places - areas to which the public or a "substantial group of persons" has access.

Shooting ranges could rent high-capacity magazines to customers for on-premise use.

Violation of the ban would be a misdemeanor for a first offense and a felony for a subsequent offense.

Jerry Burkert, owner of Puffin Gun Shop in Dover, said he doesn't think the proposed ban would be effective in preventing a mass shooting because magazines can be quickly switched by a gunman.

"You can change those magazines in a fraction of a second. Whether you've got a 10 in there, or a 20, or a 40, it's not going to make a difference."

Rep. Sean Lynn (D-Dover) supports the legislation and said he believes high-capacity magazines don't belong in the hands of civilians.

"The second amendment isn't unlimited. That's why you can't go to Wal-Mart and buy a cruise missile. High-capacity magazines don't have a real purpose."

Rep. Jeff Spiegelman (R-Clayton) said he plans to vote against the legislation and believes it would be ineffective at preventing people from obtaining large-capacity magazines --- regardless of legality.

"Modern firearm capacity magazines are three pieces of plastic and a spring, which means they can be very, very easily 3-D printed," he said.

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