BELLEVUE, WA â€“ A new video obtained by the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms destroys the myth surrounding so-called â€œhigh capacity magazinesâ€ by proving that determined shooters using smaller capacity magazines can fire just as fast, and in some cases even faster despite having to reload.
The startling video demonstration, conducted under the supervision of Boone County, Ind. Sheriff Ken Campbell and funded by ArmaLite, â€œthrows cold water on anti-gunners who argue that magazine limitations are necessary to prevent mass shootings,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. â€œWe are all indebted to ArmaLite for this informative effort.â€
â€œUnder Sheriff Campbellâ€™s supervision,â€ he explained, â€œtwo shooters â€“ an experienced man and a novice female â€“ are able to repeatedly fire 30-round shot strings at three targets, using 15-, ten- and six-round magazines, all in under 30 seconds.â€
The male demonstrator fired 30 rounds from a pistol, first with two 15-round magazines, in 20.64 seconds, then with three ten-rounders in 18.05 seconds and finally with five six-round magazines in 21.45 seconds. The woman fired the same magazine sequence, with two 15-round magazines in 22.9 seconds, three ten-rounders in 25.51 seconds and the final five six-round magazines in 26.93 seconds.
In addition, the man then fires 20 rounds from an AR-15 rifle using a single magazine, in 12.16 seconds. He then fired 20 rounds using two ten-round magazines in less time, 10.73 seconds!
â€œImposing magazine capacity limits creates a horribly false sense of security,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œThis video puts the lie to this politically-motivated disarmament strategy.â€
Sheriff Campbell notes in the video that, â€œOne of the reasons that the magazine restrictions are being proposed is the perception that if the active shooter has fewer bullets in magazines he will have to reload sooner and this will create an opportunity for someone to tackle him during the reload.â€
In a demonstration, that notion is also proven false.
â€œMagazine capacity limits offer no panacea to the rare mass shootings that have alarmed the country,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œIt is time to stop this nonsense and expose magazine limits as the monumental fraud they are.â€
Gottlieb urged firearms owners to share this important video demonstration with state and federal lawmakers. The video can be found at YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Upjn5DR0o&feature=youtube_gdata_player