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H.R. 138 (113th): Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act

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About the bill

H.R. 138 would prohibit the sale and transfer of ammunition magazines that have a capacity of, or could be readily converted to accept, more than 10 rounds.

Individuals who own large-capacity magazines on or before the date of the enactment of the bill would be able to keep them. The bill would also exempt retired and current law enforcement officials who use those devices for ‘purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty),’ as well as contractors who have been licensed to carry the devices for security purposes required by federal law.

Large-capacity magazines were illegal under the federal assault weapons ban that was passed in 1994 and expired in 2004.


Sponsor and status

Carolyn McCarthy

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2013
Length: 4 pages
Jan 3, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


89 Cosponsors (89 Democrats)



Jan 3, 2013

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H.R. 138 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 138. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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