Six years ago Colorado lawmakers thought they were making a difference by instituting magazine capacity restrictions. After the Aurora shooting of 2012 where a mass murderer opened fire at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70 others, magazine capacity was limited to 15 rounds.
Of course, you and I both know that “standard” capacity magazines hold 30 rounds for the AR-15 pattern rifle, and that restricting ammunition capacity generally doesn't do anything to stop people who want to kill others.
Still, the law was passed and anti-gunners around the state rejoiced at their efforts. Fast forward six years, and we've got a journalist going undercover trying to figure out why and how gun shops are still able to sell these mags to the state's citizens via a verbiage loophole.
What lawmakers didn't realize at the time is that there is language in their bill that allowed for creative types to sell “magazine kits” that allowed the purchaser to buy an un-assembled package of parts that is not considered a magazine.
Once put together, the end result is a magazine capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammo.
The fact that gun owners will find a way around un-Constitutional gun laws should come as no surprise. Just look at the creatives who live in California constantly finding ways around the un-Constitutional gun laws there.
But, here's the real kicker. This is good, ready for it? They THOUGHT their gun laws were working. They thought they had passed a magazine capacity restriction law that was working. They had ZERO clue that people were still getting these magazines un-assembled for SIX YEARS.
Because the lawmakers thought the law was working unequivocally proves that this law does absolutely nothing. This means beyond any doubt that their gun law did not work. Not only did it not work, but the anti gunners who signed it into law couldn't even tell whether or not it was working.
That's not to say that people weren't punished for breaking this law, however. In fact, over the past six years since this magazine capacity restriction law was passed, charges were brought on people a total of 128 different times (according to the source article linked at the bottom).
The important thing to note here, is that the magazine charge wasn't usually the primary charge in all but a handful of those cases. The primary charge was always another crime.
Hmm, it's almost as if criminals had no intent on following the law to begin with.
And in fact, after looking at a handful of the other Colorado shootings taking place after this and other gun laws were passed, there is clear proof that the shooters were either mental cases or criminals who weren't inclined to follow the law anyway.
Once more, gun laws do not work. Did some of the Colorado Citizens not buy a “large capacity magazine” after the law was passed out of fear? I'm sure there were. But according to the source article I'm getting most of this information from, so many gun stores were selling these dis-assembled parts kits that there has to be a market for them.
Also, there were even a handful of stores selling already assembled mags. Being that the original undercover reporter only visited a couple handfuls of stores, I'd say that there have been a lot of CO citizens flipping the bird toward un-Constitutional gun laws. There is a clear market for these mags.
Sadly, those gun stores in question will likely get into some sort of trouble now because of the loose lips of the gun store employees.