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Mon Aug 5, 2019, 06:51 PM

The guns used to kill dozens in Dayton and El Paso were legal -- high-capacity options included

Three mass shootings that killed 34 people over the past week involved semi-automatic weapons and magazines capable of holding dozens of bullets all of which were legal to purchase by the shooters.

In Dayton, police said Sunday afternoon the shooter legally purchased his .223-caliber rifle online then had it transferred to a local arms dealer. Police said he affixed the rifle with a 100-round drum magazine and was carrying 250 rounds with him.

In El Paso, it's believed the shooter used an AK-47 variant to gun down and kill 22 people. In Gilroy, Calif. last week, the shooter used a similar gun based on the AK, the Soviet-developed rifle replicated worldwide.

Ohio and Texas allow the guns and the magazines to be sold. California bans the sale of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, but the Gilroy shooter legally bought his gun in Nevada.

Most rifles that fire the .223-caliber round are in the "AR-style," or variants of the ArmaLite AR-15 that has been produced in recent years for sports shooters and home protection.

Those rifles usually come with 30 or fewer rounds in a magazine. But increasingly gun manufacturers have catered to shooters looking to have 40, 60 or 100-round magazines that traditionally were shunned because they were heavy and cumbersome.


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