Plan to ban ‘large capacity’ magazines floated in Delaware
By Chris Eger
Delaware state Rep. Larry Mitchell says his bill won’t prevent mass shootings but holds that it could minimize their impact. (Photo: Mitchell/Facebook)
A bill introduced in the Delaware House last week would outlaw the sale of magazines capable of holding 10 rounds or more of ammunition.
The measure, HB 375, would make it a misdemeanor to sell or transfer such magazines or possess them along with a firearm that can accept them while in a public place. The sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Larry Mitchell, D-Elsmere, is candid in his assessment that, if adopted, the proposal would not stop mass shootings.
“Smaller magazines will not eliminate mass shooting events, but they can help reduce the number of bullets fired and hopefully minimize the tragic outcome,” said Mitchell, a retired police officer.
Under the guidelines of his bill, the definition of a large capacity magazine would be added to Delaware law. If passed, targeted devices already in circulation would be grandfathered but, like new magazines, they could not be sold or transferred under threat of a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $2,300. In addition, having an LCM and a gun that can use