TAYLORSVILLE (ABC4 News) – Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting and two Congressional Democrats are marking the occasion to reintroduce a bill banning the sale of high capacity magazines for guns.
“A high capacity magazine that holds 30 or 60 or even 90 rounds of ammunition is not for hunting and it’s not for self-defense,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D – New Jersey) said. “High capacity magazines are designed for one thing and that’s high capacity killing.”
The bill would ban any cartridge holding more than 10 rounds. Dave Larsen, the owner of Doug’s Shoot’n Sports in Taylorsville, calls it “misguided” and “foolish.”
“They’re trying to curtail the rights of 300 million Americans because some people abuse those,” Larsen told ABC4 News. “They’re not going to prevent crime by banning magazines any more than they’re going to eliminate speeding by limiting all the cars to four-cylinder engines.”
Supporters of the bill say it would limit mass shooter’s ability to kill multiple victims without having to stop and reload.
A gun owner and concealed carry permit holder identifying himself as just “Dave” disagrees.
“I really think it’s ridiculous,” Dave said. “All that’s doing is hindering all the law abiding citizens that have the right to defend themselves because the criminals are going to get what they want regardless of what laws you pass and it’s hindering our ability to protect ourselves and our families…You never know what kind of situation you’re going to be stuck in. You know and for that reason, you have to prepare for the unknown and I’d rather have something and not need it than need it and not have it…What if you’re in a situation where somebody’s home-invading your home and there’s like 10, 15 people that are doing that and you live out in the sticks? Well you’re going to need that or something could happen even in the suburbs you know where something like that could happen and a massacre happens you know you might need more than 10 rounds to defend yourself and put the individual down before they kill you.”
Larsen says that talk of a ban is actually good for his bottom line.
“People start thinking and then people come in and buy that stuff so a ban or a proposed ban would certainly be good for the gun industry there’s no doubt about that,” Larsen said. “Barack Obama was the best gun salesman we ever had. Bill Clinton was not too far behind him so it would be good for my business but I don’t want to see it happen.”
The National Rifle Association has spoken out against the bill saying that the 10 round limit is “arbitrary” and would have no impact on fatalities in mass shootings.
Utah has not had a random mass shooting since the Trolley Square Massacre on February 12th, 2007.