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Response to brindleboxer (Reply #71)

Mon Mar 11, 2013, 04:16 PM

80. Much more than that.

Several years ago, an arms collectors' association put the number of SKS's in U.S. homes at approximately 7 million, though I was never able to track down the calculations. Add 4 or 5 million AR's, a million or so mini-14's, plus uncounted WASR's, Saigas, Kel-Tecs, M1A'a, FALs, CETMEs, M1 carbines, Remington 7400's, BARs, etc. etc. etc going back at least to the Remington Model 1908, plus a whole slew of pistol-caliber carbines going back decades, and that's just the centerfire rifles and carbines.

Add to that millions of Ruger 10/22's and other rimfire semiautos going back decades.

Add to that all the semiauto shotguns out there that would be affected by an AWB, and all the pistols with nontraditional features.

Then add to that all the over-10-round rifle magazines manufactured from the 1860's to the present, all the over-10-round pistol magazines made from the 1930's to the present, and all the repeating shotguns holding over 5 shells, that would be affected by magazine capacity limits.

Using some reasonable assumptions, I think you could easily exceed 40 million gun owners directly threatened by either features bans or magazine capacity limits, depending on the limits selected.

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