Congresswoman Diana DeGette details proposed gun legislation that would ban high-capacity magazines

DENVER - Congresswoman Diana DeGette outlined her proposal for tighter gun laws with state Representative Rhonda Fields Sunday. The two lawmakers have proposed separate legislation that would restrict high capacity magazines, specifically ones holding more than ten rounds.

"We're never going to be able to stop every disturbed individual from going into a school or movie theater or shopping mall and shooting people," DeGette said. "But we sure as heck can stop them from having an assault magazine that has 100 bullets in it."

Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), who lost a son to gun violence, intends to propose that ban and requiring universal background checks. Currently, gun stores and gun shows are the only places required to do checks.

Rep. Fields also addressed a Republican proposal that would allow school faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus. That proposal is expected to be discussed by a Senate Committee Monday.

"To arm our teachers in our classrooms, which is supposed to be a safe learning environment it just doesn't make a lot of sense to me," Fields said.

However, gun rights advocates have fought back. Tony Fabian with the Colorado State Shooting Association told 7NEWS tighter gun restrictions are not the answer.

"Congresswoman DeGette really doesn't know what she's talking about," Fabian said.  "When she made a statement earlier this month that her law would prevent mass shootings by giving people the ability to overpower an attacker or run for cover while they had to change magazines, changing magazines takes exactly one second."

Tom Mauser, the father of Daniel Mauser who was killed at Columbine High School, spoke at Sunday's press conference. He visited with families in Newtown, Conn. two weeks ago.

"We really owe it to those parents to have that conversation. We owe it to all parents to have this conversation," he said.

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