High-Capacity Magazine Ban Introduced
A group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced the "Keep Americans Safe Act." which would ban the sale, manufacturing, transfer, possession, or importation of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Ted Deutch of Florida, and Dina Titus of Nevada, rolled out the legislation this Wednesday. This comes right after Biden's call on congress last week to ban 'assault weapons and high-cap mags'.
The legislation calls for a high-capacity magazine buyback program. It would require any high-capacity magazines over 10 rounds to have a serial number and date of manufacture printed on it. This is required so that it can be identified and ensure law enforcement agencies have the authority to "seize and destroy high-capacity magazines possessed illegally."
Although, the lawmakers are claiming that it wouldn’t ban the current possession of high capacity magazines, and noted that owners of those mags "would be allowed to keep the high-capacity magazines they already have," but they wouldn’t be allowed to transfer or sell them to anyone.
Also, newly manufactured magazines holding more than 10 rounds would be banned under the bill, and there are exceptions for certain current and former law enforcement personnel for "authorized testing and experimentation."
Biden Creates Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court from 9 to 13 Justices
The White House announced last Friday that Biden created a commission to study possible changes to the Supreme Court. The changes in question include adding seats or instituting term limits. The commission is made up of 36 individuals and will report their findings to the White House after 180 days. The commission is set to study debates for and against making changes to the court.
Shortly after the White House released this news, four Democratic members of Congress released their plans on introducing legislation that would add four seats to the Supreme Court. The legislation would allow Biden to immediately name new Supreme Court justices and expand the bench from 9 justices to 13. The bill is called the Judiciary Act of 2021 and it is expected to be introduced by Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA), and Mondaire Jones (D-NY) in the House and by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).
For those who have been paying attention to the news, we knew that as Biden took office there would be and we knew that guns were going to be targeted and that's currently in progress. Democrats can't get rid of the filibuster in the Senate, so now they want to try and add more justices to the bench to potentially increase their chances of influencing the judicial branch.
17 States are trying to Nullify Gun Control
Biden issued executive actions last week to tighten down federal gun laws and state representatives across the country are working to pass legislation aimed at defying federal law and making any type of federal gun control law enforcement illegal. Many states have already passed legislation in the past to defy federal law by legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana and other drugs that are still classified as illegal by federal law
Arizona and Alabama signed the first gun control nullification bills into law and they are currently the only states to have done so. Since then, many other States have introduced similar bills. Montana's legislature approved a bill that is currently waiting on a signature from their governor. South Carolina, Missouri, Arkansas, and West Virginia houses have passed similar bills. While committees in Texas and New Hampshire have bills that are moving forward in their state legislatures, similar bills have been introduced in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska, Iowa, and Louisiana.
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