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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 11:32 AM

A "high firepower weapons ban" [View all]

I just invented this term a few posts ago. Seems that instead of endless argument of the definition of an "assault weapon", legislation can be crafted that regulates firearms based on three criteria:

1. Magazine capacity

2. Rate of fire

3. Caliber


These three elements would collective comprise "firepower". For example limits could be set as follows:

Magazine capacity: Seven (perhaps ten) rounds maximum. Would apply to any civilian firearm.

Rate of fire: 60 rounds per minute. This is slower than an AK-47, considered to be a slow semi-auto rifle.

Caliber: 30-06 in rifles, 44-mag handguns and 10-guage shotguns.

A simple formula could be used to prohibit firearms that tried to hit the maximum on all three measures, for example, a 10-round magazine in a handgun might be okay, while shotguns would be limited to five rounds. A 30-06 rifle might be limited to five rounds while a 22 could contain 10.

These are just examples, but it seems the concept has promise. Appreciate all constructive criticisms and ideas.

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