There have been emails and blog posts racing across the Internet today about an attempt to slip Carolyn McCarthy’s magazine bill into a non-controversial FAA Modernization Bill.
The source of the rumor is the National Association for Gun Rights.
Checking the amendments submitted for S. 223, FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act, as published in the Congressional Record, I don’t find anything remotely concerned with a magazine ban.While Senator Frank Lautenberg does have three amendments submitted, they deal with smoking, the time for the improvements to take place, and staffing at Newark Airport.
This is not to say that there won’t be an attempt to insert the language banning standard capacity magazines but rather that no attempt has been made that is verifiable as of now. The Senate is in session today and the topic is debating S. 223.
UPDATE: Checking the Congressional Record for February 2nd which contains the debate on S. 223 and all the newly introduced amendments, nothing related to firearms or a magazine ban was introduced. The only mention of firearms was by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) who was discussing a budget rescission of unspent monies by the Department of Justice and he referenced Project Gunrunner as an example.
The Senate will continue debating S. 223 today. Of course, more amendments could be proposed and passed.