A standard magazine is the one that is recommended by the manufacturer for optimal functioning of a particular firearm. A Glock 19’s standard magazine holds 14 rounds. You can get a 30-round magazine for a Glock 19. It sticks out several inches below the bottom of the gun’s grip and does not facilitate optimal performance of the pistol, especially in tactical maneuvers. It’s a high capacity magazine.
The standard magazine for an AR-15 rifle is a 30-round magazine. You can get 100-round magazines for an AR-15. That is a high-capacity magazine. The Batman shooter was using one but it malfunctioned and he continued his rampage with smaller capacity pistols. The 100-round magazine is a high capacity magazine.
Democrats don’t understand this difference for one simple reason. They don’t want to.
Who is hurt by laws banning standard magazines and forcing us to use magazines that hold less that the standard number of cartridges? Certainly not criminals. They will still have their standard magazines. Holmes showed they will have high-capacity magazines. People who are old or disabled who can’t quickly change magazines because of their disabilities are the ones who are hurt by such laws. While crime overall is at low levels, certain criminals have become more violent. It is not unheard of for homeowners to be faced with violent home invasions that are very dangerous. They need all the protection they can get when seconds count and the police are only minutes away.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has expressed doubt about the proposed 15-round magazine limit under consideration in the Colorado legislature. He says maybe somewhere between 15 and 20 would be the right number. What’s he going to use to get to “the right number?” A ouija board? Give it up, Governor. Let the manufacturers decide which magazine makes their firearm perform properly. They are the ones with a vested interested in having the guns they manufacture perform properly and safely when used in the manner for which they are intended. The purpose for which defensive firearms are intended, in the words of well-known firearms trainer John Farnum, is to “stop fights.” You could say that another way. The purpose of a defensive firearm is to protect and preserve innocent life.