Carolyn McCarthy Legislation: 10 Years in Jail for Possessing High-Capacity Magazines

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Jan. 13 2011 3:39 PM

Carolyn McCarthy Legislation: 10 Years in Jail for Possessing High-Capacity Magazines

Shira Toeplitz, who's been out in front on the gun laws-in-response-to-Loughner story, has the details of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's bill. Here's the letter McCarthy sent to colleagues, and the bill:

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It bans ownership or sale of high-capacity magazines, but "shall not apply to the possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device otherwise lawfully possessed." And despite that, as members of Congress told me yesterday, it looks fairly doomed.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.