Embattled Governor Northam Pushing Magazine Ban!

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Embattled Governor Northam Pushing Magazine Ban!

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has announced last week that he will convene a special session of the state legislature in order to push a package of radical gun control legislation.

Early reports state that the package will include a ban on the standard capacity firearm magazines used by tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners. The details of Northam’s plan have yet to be released, but such bans in other states and the failed federal ban have often targeted magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. There are hundreds of millions of magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds that are lawfully-possessed and lawfully used every day in the U.S.

Some have suggested that Northam’s high-profile attack on gun owners is motivated by an eagerness to distractfrom he and Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax’s own problems in the wake of scandals involving a racist yearbook photoand alleged sexual misconduct. Whatever Northam’s motive, it is clear that the evidence does not support his proposed magazine ban.

Banning standard capacity magazines does not reduce violent crime

In 2018, the Rand Corporation released a comprehensive study that surveyed the available research on several gun control policies. In the study, Rand researchers sought to determine “How Bans on the Sale of Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines Affect Gun Use Outcomes.” The study stated,

We found no qualifying studies showing that bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines decreased any of the eight outcomes we investigated.

The “gun use outcomes” studied included “violent crime.”[1]

A 2004 U.S. Department of Justice-funded study of the 1994 “assault weapons” ban, which also banned magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds, determined,

Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement.[2]

A 1997 U.S. Department of Justice-funded study of the federal ban acknowledged,

At best, the assault weapons ban can have only a limited effect on total gun murders, because the banned weapons and magazines were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders.[3]

There is no good evidence that banning standard capacity magazines reduces mass shootings or mass shooting casualties

In the 2018 Rand study that concluded “no qualifying studies showing that bans on the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines decreased any of the eight outcomes we investigated,” one of the outcomes studied was “mass shootings.”[4]

The 2004 U.S. Department of Justice-funded study of the 1994 “assault weapons” ban found that,

relatively few attacks involve more than 10 shots fired.

and that,

it is not clear how often the outcomes of gun attacks depend on the ability to fire more than 10 shots (the current limit on magazine capacity) without reloading.[5]

The 1997 U.S. Department of Justice-funded study of the federal ban noted,

We were unable to detect any reduction to date in two types of gun murders that are thought to be closely associated with assault weapons, those with multiple victims in a single incident and those producing multiple bullet wounds per victim.[6]

A 2016 article published in Justice Research and Policy, examined 23 mass shootings with six or more victims that occurred between 1994 and 2013 and in which the perpetrator used one or more magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. The study determined,

In sum, in nearly all [large capacity magazine]-involved mass shootings, the time it takes to reload a detachable magazine is no greater than the average time between shots that the shooter takes anyway when not reloading. Consequently, there is no affirmative evidence that reloading detachable magazines slows mass shooters’ rates of fire, and thus no affirmative evidence that the number of victims who could escape the killers due to additional pauses in the shooting is increased by the shooter’s need to change magazines.[7]

In the aftermath of the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, Governor Tim Kaine convened a review panel to study the tragedy. The perpetrator had used several magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds in the shooting. The report stated,

The panel also considered whether the previous federal Assault Weapons Act of 1994 that banned 15-round magazines would have made a difference in the April 16 incidents. The law lapsed after 10 years, in October 2004, and had banned clips or magazines with over 10 rounds. The panel concluded that 10-round magazines that were legal would have not made much difference in the incident. Even pistols with rapid loaders could have been about as deadly in this situation.[8]

Gov. Northam’s proposal would not have prevented the Virginia Beach shooting

Following the shooting, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC. Chief Cervera noted,

As far as more legislation on gun issues. I’m a member of Major City Chiefs, we did publish something about a year and a half ago. I don’t think most of that would have mattered in this particular case. We do have the Second Amendment it is very stringent for our country. In this particular case the weapons were obtained legally. Everything was done in a legal manner by this individual.[9]

In the wake of the Virginia Beach shooting, National Tactical Officers Association Executive Director Thor Eells told National Public Radio, “The type of magazine means nothing to the potential threat.”[10]

Law-abiding Virginia gun owners are being scapegoated by anti-gun politicians in their attempt to hurriedly force through ineffective gun control measures. Such imprudent action should never be tolerated. Given the alleged conduct of the governor and lieutenant governor that has recently come to light, their impatience with the normal legislative process is all the more suspicious.


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This is the governor who wants to murder babies after they are born!
But now wants to disarm honest citizens. So, I guess this is so that when he comes to murder your baby, you can’t resist. He needs to be in jail as a psychopathic threat to humanity!

Bob Sadtler
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Bob Sadtler

MAG SIZE. IS MEANINGLESS!

COLUMBINE: Two shooters, one with a Tec-9 and full-capacity mags, the other with a GOVERNMENT-MANDATED ten-rd carbine. The ten-rd carbine got off 122 shots to the Tec-9’s 67, NEARLY TWO TO ONE!

VA TECH: THREE 15-founders were recovered, ONE UNUSED. The rest of the killers arsenal was TEN ROUND MAGAZINES!

“Hi-cap” mags are COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT!

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Piper's Colt

Just imagine, for a moment,. if during the pioneer or frontier days that only one side possessed the ability to fight back against their aggressors, Where in the heck do you think that we would be today? Firepower won over the enemies of the westward movement, the revolutionary militias, the doughboys, and the soldiers of all the wars thereafter. The name of the “game” is to fight back when attacked by whomever, so why do politicians think that limiting that ability will somehow alleviate the criminal element of our society the tools of their trade? Their only goal is to… Read more »

JohnBored
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JohnBored

Uncle Remis Northam is too busy pushing infanticide to be concerned with magazine limits. But of course, any distraction from his mistrial show is welcome. These morons just don’t get it. The American people are sovereign in their ownership of firearms, see the 2nd, 9th, and 14th Amendments. Their idiotic and unconstitutional attempts at citizen disarmament must be rejected and shown to be ineffective in reducing crime and mass shootings. The only reason the dims are in power in Virginia is because Obama inflated the federal work force which draws liberals who can’t find real jobs.

William Flatt
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William Flatt

NRA HQ, put out your dumpster fire first. GOA will carry the load till your house is in order once again. Fire WLP. Reduce the Board to 31 directors and require them to attend all meetings or cede their position, and abide by a maximum of 12 years’ term limits. Then stick to 2A issues; stop Negotiating Rights Away!!

Rock
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Rock

Ban Northam ! The D.C. hood dwellers are more than likely what got him elected, the sticks dwellers better get their shit together and defeat these anti gun morons. This basically goes in ALL states the cities are PACKED with Dem voting idiots, you see this in Pa with Philthadelphia and Shittsburg. The hood rats/thugs and DEMOCRATS want YOU disarmed, makes their thievery, rapes, murders, drug dealing MUCH safer.

LUVITORLEEVIT
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LUVITORLEEVIT

Ralph Northam is a snake in the grass piece of crap. If he were Republican, blackface would have gotten him removed from office. But if he were republican they would not have these current problems. Bloomberg and his cronies are going to protect him,

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

Northam may want to read Judge Benetiz’s decision in CRPA verses Ca. state because that decision is the future for any state with a magazine ban in place or not.

Keith
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Keith

Northam and his ilk are all petty tyrants in the pocket of the master tyrants, Bloomberg, Soros and Steyer. They do what they are told for the load of cash they receive. No safety issues involved. It’s all about public disarmament under his blackface mask. Sic Semper Tyrannis, baby. I can only hope gun owners, anti-racists and anti-violence-against-women voters will turn out to increase the safety factor against these crooked oppressors. Last session started with over 63 anti-gun bills that were quickly thrown out of Senate committees. If that bare one vote majority falls expect a big, bloated, multi tentacled… Read more »

ras 52
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ras 52

Keith, you are right, if we lose majority this fall in Va. we are screwed. Rural Virginians, please get out and vote to get back the majority we had before Northam.

Roy D.
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Roy D.

I find these “more than ten round magazines” bans annoying and amusing at the same time. Perhaps these “banners” should observe what those of us who have been shooting USPSA and IDPA and other games for decades can do with 10 round magazines. Or for that matter, what the revolver shooters at those games can do with their six shooters.

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Baldwin

The right to keep and bear arms is the poster child for our Bill of Rights. The rampant abuse, disregard and infringement of this basic human right to self-defense is indicative of our government’s willful blindness to the government’s proper role of protecting and defending our rights! Special sessions of the General Assembly are NOT for the purpose of posturing and grandstanding to turn out the vote in the next election cycle. Any politician that votes to infringe and restrict our rights is in violation of their oath of office! That oath prohibits them from very thing Northam is pushing… Read more »