Seven Round Limit
I noticed, Federal Judge Upholds Majority of New York Gun Law in today’s NY Times:
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that New York’s expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was constitutional, but struck down a provision forbidding gun owners from loading their firearms with more than seven rounds.
The judge, William M. Skretny of Federal District Court in Buffalo, called the seven-round limit “an arbitrary restriction” that violated the Second Amendment.
But Judge Skretny said the greater restrictions on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were constitutional because they served to “further the state’s important interest in public safety.”
In the comments, gun rights and gun control types are going at it over this seven round limit. A few weeks ago I would have been firmly on the gun control side, but since reading Guns for Good Guys, Guns for Bad Guys, I’m wondering if it really matters either way.
Most people shoot guns for fun, and the seven round limit won’t matter much at the range. When a shooter is trying to shoot someone, stats say it is usually themselves, so they don’t need too many rounds for that. If they aren’t a middle-aged white male trying to shoot themselves, stats say they are probably a black gang member or drug dealer shooting some other black person in their own neighborhood. I suppose dodging seven bullets is better than ten or more, and it might save a few innocent bystanders, but the intended victim is probably going to get hit by one of the first several rounds.
A seven round limit wouldn’t have saved that woman who was shot in the face through the screen door, that boy with a toy gun who was shot by deputies, that girl shot by her father in the dark, any of those toddlers shot by their slightly older siblings, or that playful husky shot by another dog’s owner. Or Trayvon Martin. Or Claire Davis.
Even though one’s chances of dying in a massacre are very slight, I think people that don’t own guns have a visceral fear of large magazines thanks to Columbine, VA Tech, Aurora, Newtown, etc.
OTOH I think people that do own guns are highly unlikely to ever need a full magazine for that Grand Theft Auto scenario that they expect to erupt around the next corner.
But they’ll keep arguing about it.