LA Times: 'High Capacity' Magazine Ban Made No Difference in Santa Barbara Attack

On June 4, the Los Angeles Times reported that Elliot Rodger fired more than 50 rounds of ammunition while killing three people with a gun, even though he was only using 10-round magazines.

In other words, California's "high capacity" magazine ban made no difference. 

The LA Times reports that Rodger fired over 50 rounds in just over eight minutes, "changing magazines more than 5 times." He then died by shooting himself and was found "slumped behind the wheel of his smashed BMW."

The news that the ban on "high capacity" magazines was no hindrance squares perfectly with the Virginia Tech Review Panel's assessment that a "high capacity" ban would have had little to no impact on Seung-Hui Cho, the gunman who used 15-round magazines in killing 32 people and wounding 17 on April 16, 2007.

In December 2012, Breitbart News reported that Review Panel said a ban on the 15-round mags "would not have made that much difference in the incident" because Cho could just reload when necessary. 

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