Bill restricting large capacity magazine sales clears committee

A house bill that would enact stricter regulations on high capacity magazines has cleared a committee.

WDEL's Tom Lehman has more:

If passed, House Bill 58 would prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer or delivery of magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets.

State Representative Larry Mitchell, a Democrat from Elsmere says it would also prohibit those who already own those magazines from having them along with a compatible firearm while on public property. Private property and gun ranges would be areas exempt from the restrictions.

"If you have the weapon stored in a lock box in your car and have the magazine somewhere else secured in the car, as long as they're not able to be put together in a relatively quick manner," Mitchell says.

Among those exempt from the bill's restrictions are current and retired law enforcement members, but Mitchell, a former county police officer, says that exemption is acceptable.

First-time offenders of the proposed law would face a misdemeanor penalty while further violations would be felonies.

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