Governor Torn on Magazine Size Limits

[Feb. 20, 2013] Governor John Hickenlooper says he’s still weighing whether to support a Democratic bill limiting ammunition magazine size.

“We haven’t taken a specific position on that bill yet,” said the governor after moderating a forum on gun police Tuesday night, “but I from time to time have said contradictory things on it.”

When asked about his support for the bill last week, the governor said a limit somewhere between 15 and 20 rounds “might make sense.”

Hickenlooper blamed a lack of hard data for making it difficult to decide on some gun policies, including the appropriate size of ammunition magazines.

“It’s a tough issue: I mean, how many lives do you save, and how real is the inconvenience to the people who want to have a larger capacity magazine and feel it’s essential for defending their house?”