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"What is the efficacy of banning
these magazine clips? I will tell
you. These are ammunition,
they're bullets, so the people who
have those now, they're going to
shoot them, so if you ban them
in the future, the number of
these high-capacity magazines
is going to decrease dramatically
over time because the bullets will
have been shot and there won't
be any more available."
-U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette
(D-Colo.)
a gun on which to put them.
They've also banned any "large capacity" magazine, defined as one that holds
more than 10 rounds, except for tubular
magazines for .22 caliber rifles or leveraction rifles. People who own "large"
magazines will be required to "declare"
(register) them before Jan. 1, and loading
the registered magazines with more than
10 rounds will be prohibited, except while
at a range for target practice or "on the
premises of a licensed shooting club." Loading them fully for the purpose for which
they are designed-self-defense-will be
prohibited, except in one's residence.
As of April 2014, retail purchases of
rifles or shotguns in Connecticut will
require a long gun eligibility certificate,
a Connecticut carry permit, a handgun
retail sales permit or a handgun eligibility certificate. As of this October, retail
purchases of ammunition will require
one of the same certificates or permits,
or a special ammunition eligibility certificate and a government-issued ID. Private
sales of long guns without background
checks have been prohibited, and people
who obtain long guns will be required to
register them within 24 hours.
Maryland, which used to require a
waiting period on "assault weapons"
and used to ban the sale and acquisition of magazines that hold more than
20 rounds, has banned sales of "assault
weapons" and of magazines that hold
more than 10 rounds. It now requires
state residents who do not already own
a "regulated firearm"-a handgun or an
"assault weapon"- to possess a "handgun qualification license" to acquire a
handgun. To obtain the 10-year license
requires payment of a $50 fee, plus any
fee associated with a new, mandatory
four-hour training course.
In Colorado, magazines that hold more
than 15 rounds are now banned, private
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that hold more than 10 rounds nationwide?
DeGette is not a newcomer to the gun
control debate. She's been introducing
bills in Congress to ban magazines since
1997; by now she might have learned at
least something about them. But during
a public forum on gun control in Denver,
DeGette said "What is the efficacy of banning these magazine clips? I will tell you.
These are ammunition, they're bullets, so
the people who have those now, they're
going to shoot them, so if you ban them
in the future, the number of these highcapacity magazines is going to decrease
dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won't
be any more available."
Then, when someone in the audience
asked how he would defend himself
against multiple attackers, if limited to
a 10-round magazine, DeGette said he
shouldn't worry about that, because
"you'd probably be dead anyway."
I could fill this entire magazine with
equally senseless and disrespectful comments made by other gun control supporters over the last six months. I'm sure
that you could, too. But let me instead
provide an overview of what has happened in the states since their legislative
sessions began in January.
Connecticut's anti-gun legislators and
governor used undemocratic tactics to ram
through a truly sweeping bill. The lawmakers-ergonomics experts one and all-
have adopted an "assault weapon" ban that
applies to semi-automatic, center-fire rifles
that have a grip "which would allow an
individual to grip the weapon, resulting in
any finger on the trigger hand in addition
to the trigger finger being directly below
any portion of the action of the weapon
when firing." If you have to read that two
or three times to figure out what it means,
don't worry; so did I.
They've also banned specific centerfire, semi-automatic rifles, pistols and
shotguns identified by name; "duplicates
thereof"; semi-automatics that have one
or more "assault weapon" attachments;
any semi-automatic, center-fire rifle with
a fixed magazine that can hold more than
10 rounds, or that has an overall length of
less than 30 inches; any semi-automatic
shotgun that can use a detachable magazine; and any "part or combination of parts
designed or intended to convert a firearm
into an assault weapon"-potentially
including items such as flash suppressors
or adjustable stocks, even if you don't have

firearm sales have been prohibited, and a
yet-to-be-determined fee for background
checks will be assessed against all gun
sellers. A Democratic strategist in the
state said of the new law, "It absolutely
lays a path for the rest of the country. If
you can do it here, you can do it anyplace."
Needless to say, the NRA will be doing
everything we can to prove her wrong.
Not all news from the states has been
bad, however. As we go to press, expansions of Right-to-Carry laws and protections of carry permit holders' rights have
been signed into law in Arkansas, Idaho,
Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi,
Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. Similar
measures, as well as expansions of hunting rights, emergency powers limitations,
and improvements in local gun control
ordinance preemptions are awaiting the
signature of governors in seven states,
and severe gun controls have been
non-starters in 45 states. Dozens of other
pro-gun bills are still pending across the
country.
Economist John Lott and others have
made a strong argument that Right-toCarry laws reduce crime, and at the very
least don't cause crime to increase. But in
the few states where anti-gun politicians
currently hold sway, gun laws that have a
track record of success have been rejected
in favor of those that lash out at Americans
who peacefully exercise a right those politicians neither understand nor respect.
As columnist Kathleen Parker put it,
gun control supporters know that "forcing
law-abiding gun owners to submit to
new regulations will not prevent another
Newtown or Aurora or Columbine," but
the anti-gunners support the regulations
nonetheless because "whatever we do, we
will do because it makes us feel better."
And that, friends, takes us back to
Mr. Jefferson.

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