Boyle seeks co-sponsors for legislation to ban large capacity ammunition magazines in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – Following mass shootings in the U.S. reportedly involving large capacity ammunition magazines, state Rep. Kevin Boyle announced he is seeking co-sponsors for his legislation that would prohibit this type of magazine in Pennsylvania.

The legislation would ban the sale, offering and exposing for sale, use, purchase, possession and control of a large capacity ammunition magazine – which is defined as an automatic ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than 15 rounds of ammunition or five shotgun shells.

“In some cases, large capacity ammunition magazines can hold up to 100 rounds of ammunition and can be used in any semi-automatic firearm that accepts a detachable magazine. Because of this, many automatic and semi-automatic firearms could increasingly become lethal,” Boyle said. “While this type of magazine is illegal to use for hunting in the commonwealth, it is not illegal to use for other purposes. I don’t see the need for allowing it in Pennsylvania.”

Under this legislation, Pennsylvania would join nine states and the District of Columbia in prohibiting this type of magazine.

Boyle noted that large capacity ammunition magazines were used in the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Shortly after those shootings, Boyle and some fellow colleagues held a news conference to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to convene a special session of the House and Senate to address gun violence in the commonwealth. The session would concentrate on passing legislation pending in both chambers that includes bills to ban assault weapons, close loop for gun background checks, and adopt Extreme Risk Protective Orders.

“My legislation on the ban of large capacity ammunition magazines would fall under this special session, which still has not been called for by Governor Wolf,” Boyle said. “Pennsylvania is not immune to mass shootings. We witnessed the horrific killings of 11 people while they were worshipping at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh last October. In addition, we are seeing gun violence impacting people in Philadelphia on a near-daily basis.

“I said it before and I will say it again, the time to act on commonsense gun reform in Pennsylvania must be now!”