Call For Gun Clip Ban Ahead Of SF 101 California Shooting Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco’s district attorney and police chief are looking for Congress to outlaw handgun clips that hold more than 10 bullets.

The new push comes as the city approaches the 18th anniversary of the worst mass shooting in San Francisco history.

On July 1, 1993, heavily armed gunman Gian Luigi Ferri shot and killed eight people, then himself, in the 101 California Street highrise in San Francisco.

The massacre led to a national ban on assault weapons and high capacity handgun magazines, but that ban expired seven years ago.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

Now, spurred by several recent high-profile shootings involving assault weapons, including one near Tuscon, Arizona in January that seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people, Congress is considering banning those big bullet clips again.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said he would fully support that move.

“I don’t believe that there is any reason why a civilized nation like ours should continue to allow these types of weapons and this type of capacity to be out there,” Gascon said. “There is no civilian application for this type of weapon.”

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said he also wants clips holding 10 bullets or more banned. Gun rights advocates have blocked renewal of the ban in the past.

The legislation, which was introduced in January, is currently being considered by the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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  1. five oh says:

    Because bad guys can’t carry more than 1 10 round mag and reload. right. that doesn’t happen. How’s about we just take crime seriously, especially in SF, and convict people when they commit crimes instead of saying it isn’t their fault.

  2. Gary ETSCHEID says:

    Total agreement with five oh

  3. Cliff Flores says:

    Gascon said. “There is no civilian application for this type of weapon.” SF Attorney General: Please read up on the history of the American Revolution’s beginnings. British soldiers, on their way to capture/destroy American weapons, were met by a group of Colonists determined to keep their weapons. Also read the Declaration of Independence where Thomas Jefferson states that if a government does not support the rights of its people, the people have a right to change that government. The Second Amendment protects the right of Americans to possess firearms–it does not intend to only include blackpowder muskets of the time, but advanced firearms for the defense of American Liberty!

  4. Gary ETSCHEID says:

    HE SAID THIS IS A CIVILIZED NATION. BAD GUYS AREN’T CIVILIZED. STOP BEING STUPID AND ENFORCE THE LAWS WE HAVE. THERE ARE MANY CIVILIZED NEIGHBORHOODS, YOU WOULD NOT OR COULD NOT WALK THROUGH AT NIGHT. MANY DURING THE DAY. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK CIVILIZED MEANS?

  5. bwoldguy says:

    I guess in San Francisco They don’t realize that the state already has a
    ban on any mag that holds over 10 rounds
    . As for banning those types of weapons. I do believe that most of them are already banned in our great state of California
    . I would venture an educated guess that he probably has a concealed carry permit, and I wonder what kind of pistol He carries
    but that’s different, I know he just doesn’t want us commoners to have them

  6. MV says:

    I wish the media would stop printing the “assault weapon” garbage. Many firearms classified as “assualt weapons” are actually inferior to some modern hunting rifles and shotguns legally and readily available. But hey! Let’s just classify some weapons and get them banned and then on to another kind of weapon. The public who really couldn’t care less one way or the other about firearms get caught up in emotions they have no real intelligence about and jump on that band wagon because of the way it sounds. Let’s just keep classifying the media authors as “those ignorant writers’ and maybe eventually people will just stop listening to them altogether. THAT would solve many problems.

  7. Lestat DeLioncourt says:

    “Now, spurred by several recent high-profile shootings involving assault weapons, including one near Tuscon, Arizona in January that seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people, Congress is considering banning those big bullet clips again.”

    The Giffords shooting did not involve an assault weapon. It was a semi-auto Glock handgun. Isn’t the media supposed to be unbiased?

  8. Orangello says:

    When will these morons realize that criminals don’t follow the law. In 1993, there was a law against murder, right? It doesn’t seem like that stopped this criminal from murdering.

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