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  •  Therre are literally (0+ / 0-)

    tens, if not hundreds, of millions of magazines, in various capacities for various arms, in civilian hands right now. Nobody knows who has them. Getting them out of circulation, through buybacks or whatever method, is going to be very difficult. Criminals, gangs and the doomsday set are unlikely to respond to such efforts.

    Realistically, a new ban on assault weapons alone, would have practically nil change in the murder rate due to the large number of assault weapons already in the country.
    As well as the fact that these weapons are used in a very small number of shootings--well under 5%. That's why the Clinton era AWB was largely ineffective: it banned stuff that wasn't the primary driver of the problem to begin with.

    Rifles of any sort are just not the first choice of weaponry for your average criminal. The chief effect of the old AWB was to make prohibited items very expensive. That is in fact one big reason for the jump in sales we currently see: it's an investment strategy by people who want to buy low and sell high.

    Am I saying don't ban large capacity magazines? No. I'm saying don't expect a ban to have much of an effect on crime and murder rates.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:29:51 AM PST

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      ASW- Assault Weapons Ban of 1994:
      Passed by Congress on Sept. 13, 1994, and signed by Bill Clinton later that day, the Federal Assault Weapons Ban prohibited the manufacturing of 18 specific models of semiautomatic weapons, along with the manufacturing of high-capacity ammunition magazines that could carry more than 10 rounds. The ban had a provision that allowed it to expire in September 2004.

      The basic problem was specifically mentioning the 18 models. Ambitoius americans just worked arround this, and for example created clones! The .226 clones were exempt, and this includes Bushmaster.

      YES, rifles are used minimally, but yet they seem to be used in the mass murders.

      The ASW did NOT include anything like the GLOCK or similar handgun. Handguns are the main murder weapon, and just limiting the available amount of bullets should have some affect.

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