Republican advocates of the right to bear arms with high-capacity magazines aim to legalize them again despite Colorado’s latest mass shooting.
On New Year’s Eve, Matthew Riehl ambushed Douglas County sheriff’s deputies, killing Zackari Parrish, a father of two, and wounding six other people before he was shot and killed.
It was the second time in five years that Colorado has been traumatized by a lone madman wielding a military-style rifle and other guns.
James Holmes took a heavier toll in 2012. He killed 12 people and wounded 58 others at an Aurora theater as moviegoers desperately tried to hide or flee.
Both men owned gun magazines capable of holding 100 rounds of ammunition. Colorado lawmakers banned such magazines after the Aurora shooting, but Riehl bought his in Wyoming legally along with a cache of other weapons from a gun store in Laramie.
He fired a barrage of bullets from his apartment bedroom when deputies
Read more at: http://www.coloradoindependent.com/168223/colorado-gop-high-capacity-magazine-ban
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has relaunched the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, as I reported last month. Today he announces the re-introduction of an old Ron Paul bill to further the Caucus’ goals, this one to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 (as amended after aspects of the original bill were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court under the Commerce Clause in U.S. v. Lopez. The usual handwaving about how the guns affected by law must have moved in or just “affected” interstate commerce was added in 1996.).
This Massie bill, H.R. 34, is being called the “Safe Students Act.”
From a press release draft emailed from his office today:
“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting
Read more at: http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/05/rep-thomas-massie-r-ky-wants-to-repeal-g