Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Zimmerman’s family supports Farley’s bill to ban extended clips

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley’s bill prohibiting large capacity ammunition feeding devices was strongly endorsed today by the family and fiancée of Gabe Zimmerman, one of six people who died in the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting.

“Today we are not here to make sense of a senseless tragedy; today, we have the opportunity to be better and to fix a broken system,” said Farley, D-Tucson (District 28). “As an Arizonan, I support the Second Amendment, and I believe that law abiding citizens have the right to own guns. I also believe in common sense.”

HB 2711 makes manufacturing, possessing, transporting, selling or transferring a large capacity ammunition feeding device, a Class 4 felony.

The bill would include a magazine, drum, feed
strip or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

“I absolutely support [this bill]...and it is so sad to see 19 people gunned down in just 15 seconds by one of these extended capacity clips,” Kelly O’Brien, Gabe Zimmerman’s fiancée, said on Good Morning America. “As you know, Jared was stopped when he ran out of bullets. And I believe, even if not Gabe, other people could have been saved that day.”

The bill is similar to a Congressional bill being considered on the federal level.

“People are being victimized every day and law enforcement is being outgunned by criminals and deranged individuals with access to these kinds of weapons,” Farley said. “We are never going to prevent all incidents like this from occurring but it is clear that we can prevent many needless deaths and injuries using common-sense laws like this.”

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