Bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines didn't work before

Published: August 3, 2012

Scott Willis (Your Views, July 29) offered suggestions that, while honorable, may not be practical. We've already gone through a ban on high-capacity magazines for firearms and so-called assault rifles. It didn't work then and it won't work now. During the ban period, companies changed the design of some assault rifles — removing the flash depressor and bayonet lugs — and called them sporting rifles. These changes didn't affect the cycled rate of fire for these rifles. Magazines were limited to 10 rounds — you can do a lot of damage with 10 rounds. The military and law enforcement have training and drills on the changing of magazines that can be accomplished in less than two seconds, hardly interrupting the rate or fire.

During this ban period, high-capacity magazines and assault rifles were sold at gun shows and on the Internet. There are millions of assault-type rifles around the world. Banning them creates a black market. We haven't stopped illegals, drugs and even terrorists from entering the United States, so how do we expect to stop assault weapons?

People are uneasy as to the future and gun sales are at an all-time high. Attempting to ban or pass new laws, when the ones we have are adequate when enforced, will only add to the panic over the Second Amendment and increase gun sales. Tragedies such as Aurora cause us to want a fix and our government as usual wants to place a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. I spent 39 years in law enforcement and what Willis purposes is unenforceable.

Rick Jerman, Oklahoma City

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