Pushing for a Magazine Limit

By Haley Burton

April 4, 2011 Updated Apr 4, 2011 at 6:13 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Shirley DeLucia of Binghamton was an ACA shooting survivor but has not spoken out until now.

She's supporting a federal ban of large capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used by Jiverly Wong.

After being shot on April 3, 2009 inside of the American Civic Association, Delucia pretended to be dead and called 911 from underneath her desk.

2 years later, she speaks out for the first time.

Collin Weaver with New Yorkers Against Gun Violence read a statement from DeLucia at a news conference Monday:

"As a survivor of the horrific shooting in Binghamton, it's clear to me that the cycle of senseless gun violence will repeat itself without a federal ban on large capacity ammunition magazines. We need to protect the public from these weapons, which serve only to inflict as much carnage as possible. Lives were lost needlessly in Binghamton two years ago, and now again in Tucson. How many mass shootings will it take for Congress to protect us? The horror of that day haunts me through flashbacks, nightmares, and lasting physical effects. I live with it every day and I’ll have to live with it for the rest of my life, but if there’s one thing I can do to prevent future violence, it’s to express my fervent support for this," said DeLucia in the statement.

"This is a citizen who is talking about what's happening in her life and how the government can do better. That's the importance of Shirley DeLucia," said Gerald Mollen, Broome County District Attorney.

Joining DeLucia in her call to ban large capacity ammunition magazines are local police, prosecutors, and Binghamton city leaders.

"We cannot undo that horrific tragedy but we can fight to ensure that it never happens again," said Matthew Ryan (D), City of Binghamton Mayor.

The large capacity magazines were made illegal by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 but Congress failed to renew the ban when it expired 10 years later.

Since 2004, the lethal large capacity magazines have been used in every mass shooting in the U.S.

New York State is one of a few states that does ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Investigators believe the ACA gunman got these 30 round magazines out of state.

"Unless you have national legislation, you can walk into any number of states and get the same magazine then come into New York and kill New York citizens like that," said Mollen.

"To not only protect police officers but citizens of this country. This law is just common sense that some legislation be passed to put an end to this," said Joseph Zikuski, Binghamton Police Chief.

A call to Congress to consider re-establishing a ban in the hopes of deterring more mass loss of life.

Action News reached out to the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association for comment on the legislation.

President Tom King says, "This is the method of trying to push the guilt off onto someone else. It is feel-good legislation that will not make the people of Binghamton nor anyone else in the united states safer."