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.