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ince January's senseless attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her innocent constituents, we at NRA have joined our fellow Americans in offering our thoughts and
prayers for those killed and injured, for their families and for the people of Tucson.
Sadly, it's no surprise that long before key facts about the attack became clear,
and even before funerals had been held for those so tragically lost, anti-gun activists
began calling for new restrictions on Americans' Second Amendment rights. On the
very day of the murders, the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center lashed
out on the Huffington Post website, with the Brady Center's Paul Helmke attacking "easy
access to high-powered guns" and the VPC's Josh Sugarmann denouncing the expiration of
the 1994-2004 ban on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
In a moment of candor about anti-gun groups' tactics, the VPC's Kristen Rand told
MSNBC, "In the wake of these kinds of incidents, the trick is to move quickly."
And they did move quickly. Without question, their most widely publicized proposal is the
plan by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., to re-impose
the 1994 magazine ban. (Sen. Lautenberg's bill is S. 32 and Rep. McCarthy's is H.R. 308.)
These magazines are standard equipment for self-defense handguns and other firearms
owned by tens of millions of Americans, but the Lautenberg and McCarthy bills (unlike the
1994 ban) would make it a felony to sell or transfer them, even through inheritance.
Collectible guns and magazines ranging from original Civil War-era Henry rifles to Luger
drum magazines valued at $2,000 or more would be lost forever.
Also unlike the 1994 ban, the Lautenberg-McCarthy bill's "grandfather clause" for possession of pre-ban magazines would only create an affirmative defense against prosecution-forcing defendants to prove that they possessed their magazines before the ban.
That's a nearly impossible task for serious shooters, who may have bought dozens of
magazines over many years, without any receipts to show for them.
And what good could it possibly do? The 1994 ban was a dismal failure. A congressionally
mandated study conducted while the ban was in effect found that firearm murder victims
had an average of only two wounds, both before and after the ban. (According to a followup study, the average number of wounds per victim was actually lower for victims shot with
semi-automatic pistols than for those shot with revolvers.) And since the ban expired in 2004,
the nation's murder rate has dropped 10 percent, continuing a long-term decline that began
in 1991. Through 2009, the murder rate was at a 45-year low, and the FBI recently reported
that the murder rate fell an additional seven percent in the first half of 2010.
Perhaps because of that history of failure, ban supporters fell back on overheated rhetoric. In a letter to her colleagues, Rep. McCarthy made the claim (echoed in countless newspaper editorials), "The only reason for the existence of these devices is to be able to shoot as
many people as quickly as possible." Yet her bill and Lautenberg's would allow the continued
acquisition and possession of these magazines by law enforcement officers, who obviously
carry guns to protect themselves and the public-not for mass murder. The bills would also
allow magazines to be transferred to police officers upon retirement, even though a retired
officer's right to use firearms for self-defense is the same as any other private citizen's right.


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