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Magazine Limits Could Endanger Victims Instead of Saving Them

Woody34 Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 12:34 AM
I've heard pundits claim that by limiting magazine capacity an aggressor may be challenged during a reload operation. I admit I have had many hours of practice, but I can fire 12 rounds from a S&W six shot model 10 revolver into the 10 ring of a combat target in something a little less than 9 seconds. That entails a full reload with a speed loader which takes me approximately 1-1/2 seconds. That means that from shot number 6, which has emptied the pistol, to shot number 7 (cylinder fully loaded again) 1-1/2 seconds has elapsed. Not much time to engage the assailant while he's reloading. [W3]
A limit on magazine capacity is emerging as a leading contender for the something that supposedly must be done in response to last month's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A ban on "large-capacity ammunition feeding devices" is one of the new gun restrictions approved by the New York legislature this week and one of the measures President Obama wants Congress to enact.

The rationale for such limits is that mass murderers need "large-capacity" magazines, while law-abiding citizens don't. Both premises are questionable, and so is the notion that politicians should be the arbiters of necessity under the...