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LAPD's Chief Supports Banning Extended Magazines

March 02, 2011  | 

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck announced his support for federal legislation that would ban weapon magazines carrying more than 10 rounds, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Chief Beck and other top officials cited Jared Loughner's attempt to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) as reason for their support of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's (D-N.Y.) H.R. 308.

"It boils down to simple math: It's 20 lives," as the newspaper quotes Beck, describing the difference between a 10- and 30-round magazine.

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Comments (10)

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amark @ 3/3/2011 8:52 PM

THis is just another bit of pandering to the Politicians.. Chief Beck, I had hoped that you would not have fallen prey to the Political Posturing of your Predecessor.. Oh Well, Where is Darryl Gates when we need him??

morg @ 3/3/2011 9:01 PM

As if reloading is that difficult. I see it starting with the extended magazine ban then moving to banning the carrying of more than one ten round magazine. How about enforcing the gun laws already in place. So glad I live in NV and not CA.

Guillermo @ 3/3/2011 9:03 PM

More useless "feel-good" legislation that will do nothing to solve the problem - what good did Clinton's high capacity magazine ban do - nothing. Gun control doesn't work - we need more "nut" control!

Bryan @ 3/3/2011 9:44 PM

Garbage!!! More horse s##t from The People's Republic of California. It's absolutely wrong to impose a nation-wide law to deal with a perceived problem in California. Why should I ever consider enforcing garbage like this in my own jurisdiction?

roman @ 3/4/2011 6:10 AM

When the chief and all of his officers give up their hi-caps, then we can talk.

Michael Sorg @ 3/4/2011 6:11 AM

Yet another Politician who calls himself Chief. Magazines, bullets, and anytype of gun are simply paperwieghts until someone chooses to operate them. It is the operator that is the problem not the device. The focus should be on education of those who make the right choice and long incarceration for those who don't.

H. Siag @ 3/4/2011 8:06 AM

From a fire service perspective, what would the chief say if the Arizona incident had been a duplicate of the Happy Land Social Club murders?

Remember, that incident was the largest mass murder in NYC up to the time of the WTC on 9/11. The agent was gasoline. What would the chief say if Loughner had driven a car or truck into the crowd? It is the actor not theinstrumentality that is the problem.

Rick @ 3/4/2011 8:24 AM

This is just political correctness in order to disarm citizens. Start with having the Justice Dept. lawyers actually filing firearms charges against criminals (Project Exhile- that has worked so well in Texas and Virginia). Then have national reciprocity for concealed carry and open carry of firearms. Finally, pass a national Castle Doctrine law. Criminals are always more careful when encountering armed citizens. Law Enfocement will be safer because the criminals will be going to jail and the crooks know that if they assault an officer, a citizen may send him to the morgue.

Morning Eagle @ 3/4/2011 10:16 AM

Apparently Chief Beck's lobotomy was successful and removed whatever vestiges of common sense he may have been born with. Congratulations Chief on becoming a fully certified member of the PC-I-Can-No-Longer-Think-Logically crowd that now inhabits significant segments of law enforcement hierarchy in this country. What is so hard to understand about the fact that neither the weapon used or the magazine capacity was the cause of the incident in AZ that supposedly brought about your brilliant decision. It was the twisted mind of the shooter. Without that to activate the trigger finger, the firearm could have done absolutely nothing even if it had held a one hundred round magazine. This ill conceived, PC drive to make more laws that would only further restrict law abiding citizens but have no effect on criminals that choose not to pay any attention to them. Try looking up the definition of criminal. Morg is correct about reloading, for someone that has practiced it only takes a couple of seconds to insert another loaded magazine so according the way you and your cohorts think (term used loosely) it would have to follow that the carrying any "extra" magazines must also be prohibited.

I left CA permanently a little over ten years ago, partly due to its ridiculous anti-gun laws that have not served to inhibit criminal behavior but instead infringe on the rights of citizens to possess the tools to defend themselves when needed. I have not regretted that move for one minute.

R. G. Montgomery @ 3/4/2011 12:19 PM

Sounds about right for a 'politics first-public last', elitist sort of department.

It is indicative of the person, the department, the city and the state. And people ask me why I moved out of California.

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