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DeGette Criticized For Mistake On Ammo Magazines

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) -- Gun rights advocates are criticizing Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette for an erroneous statement about ammunition magazines.

DeGette is the prime sponsor of a federal ban on high-capacity magazines. At a Denver Post forum Tuesday, the newspaper (http://bit.ly/Za8Az8) reported that DeGette said that banning high-capacity magazines would eventually reduce gun violence because "the bullets will have been shot and there won't be any more available."

Magazines, however, can be reloaded with more bullets and used over and over again.

A spokeswoman said DeGette misspoke but made another mistake in offering an explanation. She said that DeGette should have instead referred to "clips." But they usually can be reused too.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said people who don't shoot need to "get the facts" so educated decisions can be made.

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