WaPo PR: See? Gun Mag Bans Work!

Well this is a first: an email from the Washington Post’s PR department linking to a firearms related story. Much obliged. But here’s the thing: Data indicate drop in high-capacity magazines during federal gun ban clearly indicates that the WaPo reckons “high capacity” ammunition magazines are a public safety hazard. Where’s the data on that? Not to mention the data on defensive gun uses where lives were saved because of armed civilians with “high capacity” magazines? See what I mean about an unspoken bias for civilian disarmament amongst the media elite? Anyway, make the jump for the officially sanctioned excerpt . . .

According to a Washington Post investigation, during the 10-year federal ban on assault weapons, the percentage of firearms equipped with high-capacity magazines seized by police agencies in Virginia dropped, only to rise sharply once the restrictions were lifted in 2004. In Virginia, the Post found that the rate at which police recovered firearms with high-capacity magazines — mostly handguns and to a smaller extent rifles — began to drop around 1998, four years into the ban. It hit a low of 9 percent of the total number of guns recovered the year the ban expired, 2004.

The next year, the rate began to climb and continued to rise in subsequent years, reaching 20 percent in 2010, according to the analysis of a little-known Virginia database of guns recovered by police. In the period The Post studied, police in Virginia recovered more than 100,000 firearms, more than 14,000 of which had high-capacity magazines.

To some researchers, the snapshot in Virginia suggests that the federal ban may have started to curb the widespread availability of the larger magazines. “I was skeptical that the ban would be effective, and I was wrong,” said Garen Wintemute, head of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California at Davis School of Medicine.

For the full investigative story by David S. Fallis, go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/data-point-to-drop-in-high-capacity-magazines-during-federal-gun-ban/2013/01/10/d56d3bb6-4b91-11e2-a6a6-aabac85e8036_story.html

Jennifer Lee
Manager, Communications
The Washington Post