I-Team: Loaded To Kill?

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Tucson gunman Jared Loughner wounded 14 people, including a congresswoman, and killed six others including 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. Taylor Green is the granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green.

Loughner was able to shoot so many people so quickly. He reportedly fired 31 shots in all because he had what’s called a “high capacity” ammunition clip.

It was easy enough for Loughner to buy a clip and you might be surprised just how easy it was for the CBS 3 I-Team.

I-Team reporter Jim Osman went undercover with $40 and asked for one of those high capacity clips and in a few minutes he walked out with one.

The clip, or magazine, holds 33 bullets.

We even went online and within a few days another magazine was delivered to us at our CBS3 studios.

In Pennsylvania and Delaware it’s legal.

In New Jersey, the clips that hold more than 15 bullets are illegal. It’s one of a handful of states to ban high capacity magazines.

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg says he wants the ban nationwide.

“We ought not to permit killing weapons like that to be in the hands of everybody who wants to buy it,” Lautenberg said.

Sarah Brady is the wife of Jim Brady, the press secretary who was shot during the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981.

“It’s not an issue of banning or taking away guns,” said Mrs. Brady. “It’s an issue of public safety measures.”

The Brady Act banned high capacity gun clips until that part of the law expired in 2004.

Gregory Isabella who owns a Philadelphia gun shop said, “Why does a law – abiding citizen have to be restricted with their rights because of a nut and some politician that wants to get the sound bite because they’re going to be running for re-election?”

The NRA says citizens should have the right to have access to high capacity magazines to improve their odds in what the group calls “defensive situations”.

Bills have been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate to ban the high capacity clips.

Watch the video…

Reported by Jim Osman, CBS 3

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  • bill clinton

    I’m embarrassed to even be reading something from a local news station.
    someone should ban lautenburg and the rest of those things called politicians.

  • Vom Brunhaus

    Puddy, holsters will be next after that solvent for cleaning.

  • Jonny

    Just another case of people blaming the tool, not the user. Yes, he was crazy, but the gun was just the tool he chose to use. Would this even be a news story of he used bricks? Would we be calling for stricter background checks on brick sales? He could have just as easily used a car to cause those casualties. I’m not supporting gun runners, just the people who obey the law everyday. These are the only people that are affected by these bans. Obesity in America is a problem, but McDonalds is still making plenty of money…

  • loumarch

    Once again a hack job by a know nothing reporter. This piece shows what little professionalism there is in reporting today. Did you even do ANY research or consider talking to someone with an opposing point of view? You’re a hack and will always be a hack and anyone with an ounce of common sense will see that.

  • Carolyn

    Let’s have a PITY PARTY for the self righteous gun runners!!!

  • Chris

    LOL someone forward this story to the national news outlets. We have a really great piece of investigative journalism here. Let me get this straight. The “reporter” bought something legally and now there is a story about it? I thought I was reading the onion or something. Yesterday I went to the grocery store and I was allowed to purchase an 2 apples and three carrots. Most philadelphians obviously don’t eat vegetables but I was still able to buy them. Great story right? Thats what I was thinking. Was this written by an intern?

  • J.F. Wolfington

    Why don’t you go undercover and see if you can buy a car that can go 100 mph? Motor vehicles kill 50% more people every year than firearms. But, there’s nothing sensational there, huh? Nothing to sell advertising. You people are just pathetic. Thank God for the NRA!

  • Tim

    That’s rididulous. You gun lovers have the Heller decision to fall back on to keep your guns. The point of the story was to show how simple it is to get one of these clips. The only reason someone would need a high-denisty clip for “defensive reasons” is if they;re being confronted with an automatic wepaon…which the NRA is also fiercely protective. Plain and simple, you folks are demanding to be protected from yourselves.

    • Larry

      It’s a MAGAZINE, not a CLIP. Why should we, as law abiding citizens, have to suffer because some nut can’t be trusted? What next? Cars, knives? Guns do not shoot themselves. Millions of gun owners across the country, don’t see them shooting places up. Get over your ” We live in a perfect world, and don’t need guns attitude.” If i’m being attacked by multiple assailants, I want as many shots as possible to defend myself.

    • puddydawg

      It’s simple cause it’s legal. Once again you do not know what you are talking about. Automatic weapons are already illegal. You want to ban things from everybody because of something someone might do. What part of the Constitution don’t you get?

  • puddydawg

    Should be [They can’t constitutionally ban gun ownership]

  • puddydawg

    So your investigative reporter went into a gun shop and legally purchased something that is legal to sell in Pa.? Ok now you tell who did what wrong? Where is the big story here? This is the new direction of gun conttrol. They constitutionally ban gun ownership. So they are now going after clips, amunition, powder, anything around the actual gun.

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