One year after the Aurora, CO movie theater massacre, Americans remain vulnerable to mass shootings with assault weapons and high capacity magazines due to the failure of Congress to enact common sense gun safety legislation. At the Aurora massacre, 71 Americans were shot and 12 were killed when James Holmes opened fire on a movie theater audience using a Smith & Wesson M&P assault rifle equipped with 100-round magazines. He had earlier purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition on the Internet.

Congress has failed to limit the purchase of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, such as was used by the shooter in Aurora.

Congress has failed to limit the purchase of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, such as was used by the shooter in Aurora.

Congress allowed the assault weapons and high capacity magazine ban to expire in 2004, and has since failed to enact any gun safety laws to limit their use. In April, after both the Aurora shootings and the Newtown, CT massacre – in which the same dangerous weapons equipped with high capacity magazines were used to kill 26 small children and six adults – the Senate defeated proposals that included bans on assault weapons and  high capacity magazines as well as background checks on commercial gun sales.

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