We received this question again today, so we thought that we would provide our readers with a short answer to it.
“Did Adam Lanza switching magazines save lives because kids could escape while he was making the switch?”
If you look at times where guns have jammed in mass shootings (e.g., Aurora and Tucson), it has been because of the large capacity magazines. Fatigue in the spring can prevent the last few bullets from feeding properly into the gun. Large magazines require extremely strong springs to push the last few bullets into the chamber, and even a little fatigue in the metal of the spring can prevent the last few bullets from loading properly. The fatigue arises in part because people sometimes leave bullets stored in the magazines.Bans on large capacity magazines will primarily limit law-abiding citizens. A magazine, which is basically a metal box with a spring, is trivially easy to make and virtually impossible to stop criminals from obtaining. The 1994 legislation banned magazines holding more than 10 bullets yet had no effect on crime rates.Law-abiding citizens will obey this ban. Permit holders who carry in public usually just carry the magazine that is in their gun. Limiting the size of their magazine thus limits how many bullets they will have with them. But someone who is planning on engaging in a mass shooting and planning this many months or years in advance can obtain a large magazine if that is really what they want. Even if they somehow can’t get a large magazine, they will be able to take a lot of smaller magazines with them because they know that they will be using them, thus putting them at an advantage over their law-abiding victims.