More than two dozen House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), called for immediate action Wednesday to address gun control in the wake of Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Conn. — beginning with a vote on legislation that would prohibit the manufacturing of high-capacity magazines as early as this week.
“Here in Congress, what we need now are not more words. What we need is action,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We must be able to tell our children that we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”
Pelosi called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring legislation banning the manufacturing of high capacity magazines to the House floor for a vote by Saturday. The bill, which is being pushed by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), mirrors legislation introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) in the Senate. It would ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition and prohibit the transfer, possession or importation of those weapons that are manufactured after the law is signed.