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H.R.308 Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act
I oppose H.R.308 - Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.
This letter was a reply from the office of Diana DeGette on September 16, 2011.
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Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting my office via e-mail. I appreciate having the
benefit of your views. Due to the volume of mail I receive, it can
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Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress
This letter was a reply from the office of Michael F. Bennet on September 16, 2011.
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Thank you for your e-mail message. Keeping in touch with Coloradans is important to me. Due to the high volume of messages my office receives on a daily basis, I ask for your patience as I work with my staff to respond to your concerns.

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This letter was a reply from the office of Diana DeGette on September 19, 2011.
Response from Congresswoman DeGette



Dear Mr. Roger Wilson:



Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control and legislation to
ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices. I appreciate the
opportunity to learn your views and share mine.



I believe in reasonable, common sense gun control. Too often the
proliferation of guns in our communities has tragic consequences as we
witnessed in Tucson this past January. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, over 100,000 people are shot each year
in the United States and more than 3,000 children are killed by guns
annually. During my tenure in Congress I have sponsored bills to
require guns be sold with safety devices and tighten the regulation of
gun shows. I have also voted against efforts to give the gun industry
blanket legal immunity and to strip Washington, DC of its gun control
laws.



The right to bear arms is protected in this country by the Second
Amendment. I believe that we can preserve the Second Amendment while
protecting our families from the danger of gun violence. Law abiding
citizens, including those who hunt and participate in firing range
activities have every right to own guns. At the same time it protects
these rights, Congress must do all it can to keep firearms out of the
hands of criminals, the mentally ill, and children.



I am a cosponsor of Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, H.R.
308, which was introduced Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) on
January 18, 2011. This legislation would ban ammunition feeding
devices that can accommodate more than ten rounds of ammunition. The
ban would not apply retroactively and not impact individuals who
currently own legal, large-capacity ammunition feeding devices. The
legislation would also exclude law enforcement agencies. The Violent
Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 previously banned large
capacity feeding devices, but that ban expired in 2004.



Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this issue.
Please feel free to visit my website at www.degette.house.gov. There
you can sign-up for my e-mail newsletter and stay up-to-date with other
events in Congress. I look forward to our continued communication.


Sincerely,

Diana DeGette
Member of Congress



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This letter was a reply from the office of Michael F. Bennet on September 26, 2011.
A message from Senator Michael Bennet
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Dear Roger Wilson:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding S.32, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act. I appreciate hearing from you.

Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey introduced the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act on January 25, 2011. This legislation would reinstate the ban on the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices. You might be interested to know that S.32 would not affect devices legally owned prior to the enactment of this bill. It would only affect those who attempt to gain possession of these feeding devices after the enactment date. The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it is currently awaiting action.

My philosophy on guns is based on my respect for the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment ensures the freedom to keep and bear arms, and I support this fundamental right. Part of honoring our Second Amendment freedoms is promoting a healthy respect for firearms and adequate enforcement of our existing federal, state, and local gun laws to prevent gun-related crime.

While I do not serve on the Committee considering this bill, rest assured I will keep your thoughts and concerns in mind should it come before the full Senate.

I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.

For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at http://bennet.senate.gov/. Again, thank you for contacting me.


Sincerely,

Michael Bennet
United States Senator

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