Biden Says He Wants to Limit Gun Owners to ‘8 Bullets in a Round’

Biden Says He Wants to Limit Gun Owners to ‘8 Bullets in a Round’
President Joe Biden speaks about student debt relief at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, on Oct. 21, 2022. (Oliver Contreras/AFP via Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

President Joe Biden said on Oct. 23 that he’s pushing a limit on gun owners having more than “eight bullets in a round.”

It’s unclear exactly what Biden meant because a round contains the bullet, propellant, and cartridge—and many people use the term bullet and round interchangeably. He appears to have made a verbal miscue and meant that he wants a federal restriction on magazine capacity, which is consistent with gun control measures that he and other Democrats have previously pushed.

“My legislation says there can be no more than eight bullets in a round,“ he told NowThis News on Oct. 23. “The guys doing these mass killings, they have magazines, they call them, that can hold up to 100 bullets in it. That’s just like having an automatic weapon, which we’re not allowed to have by the way, supposedly.”

Biden didn’t elaborate on how magazine capacity correlates to whether a firearm is semiautomatic or fully automatic.

Later in the interview, Biden also falsely claimed that AR-15 rounds “travel five times the speed of an ordinary bullet.”

For years, Biden and Democrats have sought to criminalize what they describe as “high-capacity magazines,” which doesn’t have a clear definition. Legislation introduced last year in the Senate would ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, mirroring regulations in places such as New York state and California.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) wrote in a 1999 report (pdf) that a 1994 federal ban on such magazines didn’t lead to a significant drop in shootings or murders. Democrats counter that barring the ownership and sale of such magazines would trigger a drop in mass shootings.

“We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence,” the DOJ also stated in 2004. “Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.”

Earlier this year, Biden signed a gun control measure into law, representing the most sweeping gun law in decades. It came about a month after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left nearly two dozen people dead.

Key provisions of the legislation include expanding federal background checks for buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, adding incentives for states to adopt so-called red flag laws, expanding access to mental health programs, and enhancing school security in a bid to prevent mass shootings.

The measure will also help provide $750 million in funding as an incentive to enforce red flag laws in the 19 states and the District of Columbia that have them, making it easier to temporarily confiscate guns from people who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.

Tom Ozimek contributed to this report.
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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