When Maryland banned the manufacture and sale of so-called “high-capacity” magazines four years ago, leftist lawmakers were certain they had taken a big bite out of crime.
It turns out they were very wrong. Because the ban – in the Firearms Safety Act of 2013 – resulted in a dramatic increase in the criminal use of these exact kinds of magazines in the four years since the ban.
Meaning: When they banned law-abiding gun owners from buying these magazines, standard in most AR-style rifles, criminals decided they would like to have them instead.
It turns out criminals don’t comply with laws, and will purchase whatever they want. Who would have guessed?
The gun-control group “The Trace” reports that the ban of these magazines has been a complete failure. “We’re dealing with absolute criminals who want as much weaponry as possible when they’re going after their targets. They’re not carrying .22s. They’re carrying the big guns that have these high capacities,” Baltimore Police Spokesman T.J. Smith said.
High-capacity magazines are defined as capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The Trace reported that Baltimore police confiscated 450 guns with an at least 11-round capacity. That’s the highest confiscation rate in the last seven years. Further, 22 percent of all guns confiscated had high-capacity magazines, a four percent increase over 2013.
The state’s “Firearms Safety Act of 2013” also contained a series of gun-control measures, including a ban on 45 kinds of “assault weapons” and fingerprint requirements for handgun purchases.
Despite these strict requirements, Maryland’s biggest city reported 2015 and 2016 were the deadliest years on record for violence with a firearm as the weapon.
What do gun-control groups have to say about all this evidence that greater gun control does nothing to stop violent criminals? They’ve stuck their heads in the sand and insisted that what is needed is more time.
“It’s more than likely that the effects of the law just haven’t had sufficient time to show,” said state Attorney General Spokeswoman Raquel Coombs. She added that it is “possible that we are just now getting to the point where the number of [high-capacity magazines] is below what it would have been in the absence of the law.”