Fla. Rep. Berman Files Ban on High-Volume Ammunition Capacity

By: Rep. Lori Berman Release
By: Rep. Lori Berman Release

Tallahassee, Florida -- March 8, 2011 --

With an eye on the recent tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, Representative Lori Berman (D) today filed the “Weapons or Firearms Bill” in the Florida House. HB1335 will ban the sale or transfer of ammunition clips with a capacity greater than 15 bullets.

There has been national attention on high-volume ammunition capacity since the recent shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords. The shooter was taken down while attempting to reload his gun's 33 bullet ammunition clip.

Six states have enacted similar legislation limiting the sale or transfer of high-volume clips. Law enforcement agencies would be exempt from the ban.

"This Legislation is about protecting our citizens. It is absolutely common sense to limit the amount of bullets a normal gun can continuously fire," said Representative Berman. "Fifteen bullet ammunition clips will limit the destructive capabilities of a person on a shooting spree."

HB1335 was inspired by a Palm Beach County Resolution calling for the State Legislature to limit the ammunition capacity of private guns. The county resolution, spearheaded by Commissioner Burt Aaronson, received widespread approval from local law-enforcement and criminal justice agencies. According to Commissioner Aaronson, "We want to make sure that in Florida, a tragedy like the one in Tucson, Arizona never occurs."

The Senate version of the bill, SB1726, is filed by Senator Gwen Margolis.

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:58 PM
    These bans are usually authored by the same idiots that try to convince us , there is NO overpopulation of Alligators in South FL , Wild Game isnt nutritious , and WE ALL need to celebrate the TOFU burger.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    The "Hippie" mentality supports Communism , and bans on Freedom.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:04 PM
    The REAL reasons for disarmarment include: 1. An unarmed populace is easy to forcibly control. Example Russia , China, Mexico take your pick. 2. When the time come for China to take domestic control , there will be NO resistance.
  • by Keith on Mar 9, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    OK. Ban the 15 magazine; I will carry extra clips to defend me and mine!
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    My fellow Gun enthusiasts and Hunters be warned . Right now similar initiaves are being pushed on a National level by Holder , and Mrs. Clinton. To ban these types of Arms , and to agree to the U.N. Small arms Treaty , which will make OUR rights more like the Rest of the World.
  • by Wake_UP! Location: Tallahassee on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    Hey Rep Berman, stop spending time on infringing on the Constitution, and start worrying about things like escalating food prices....uh the out of control gas prices in this STATE, creating jobs by bringing in business, and ummmm cutting the budget so FL doesn't become a NJ, NY, or CA!!!
  • by The Lone Ranger on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:59 AM
    Good start - now if you could just outlaw childish idiots ...
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    To clarify what this bill is about.....it is to give the bad guys more power than law abiding citizens. If high capacity clips are outlawed the bad guys will use them to attack law abiding citizens and the law abiding citizens will not have equal or better defenses. Look to Chicago or Washington DC....they outlawed all hand guns and their crime rate increased. WHY? Because law abiding citizens were dis-armed and the crooks were undeterred because after all by their very nature crooks and not law abiding and do not follow laws. Shame on you uneducated do-gooders for trying to prevent me and other law abiding citizens from protecting our families.
  • by Vicious_Fish Location: Watching you on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:54 AM
    Lori - I feel that it is my duty to inform you that You are a complete idiot. What about my safety? You should be ashamed for trying to infringe on my second amendment rights.
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 9, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    170,000 Americans die each year from cigarettes......
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