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NAT’L – OPINION – Joe Biden Is Wrong. There Is No Compelling Evidence That Assault-Weapon Bans Work. (VIDEO)

Presidential candidate Joe Biden writes: Many police departments have reported an increase in criminals using assault weapons since 2004. And multiple analyses of the data around mass shootings provide evidence that, from 1994 to 2004, the years when assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were banned, there were fewer mass shootings — fewer deaths, fewer families needlessly destroyed. Somewhat perplexingly, the links on “multiple analyses” and “fewer mass shootings” actually go to the same study, just hosted at two different websites. But it’s a new one I hadn’t seen before, and slightly different from the one I wrote about here, so let’s take a look. First, a quick bit of history: The U.S. had a ban on “assault weapons” — semiautomatic guns with certain combinations of “tactical” cosmetic features, including pistol grips and folding stocks — from 1994 to 2004. The existing guns were not confiscated; it was just illegal to sell new ones. The same law banned “high-capacity” magazines, setting the threshold at ten rounds, which is actually below the standard capacity of many modern handguns. (Both of my own handguns come standard with 15-round magazines, for example.)  [full article]

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