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9. I'll do my best
Sun Jun 12, 2016, 11:52 AM
Jun 2016

(If any of this is too elementary sorry; I just want to start from zero-knowledge for anyone reading.)

A bullet is what comes out of a gun when it's fired. That bullet is sold as a "round", which is the bullet as well as a brass cylinder containing gunpowder.

The round sits in what's called the chamber of the gun, at the back of the barrel. When the gun is fired, the bullet goes out of the barrel and the cylinder stays.

What happens next is what's important in terms of this suggestion.

In a manual-action gun, the shooter has to do something to open the chamber, get the cylinder out, and put a new round in.

In a revolver, a larger cylinder with multiple (usually six) chambers rotates , and those chambers have to be emptied and reloaded after all six are fired.

In a semi-automatic gun, the power from the recoil (or hot gas) is used to empty the chamber and pull the next round from a storage place. That storage place is called a magazine.

A gun can have an internal magazine, which you then have to feed individual rounds into one at a time. Or it can have a detachable magazine, which you take out and replace with another detachable magazine that you've preloaded while planning your rampage. Guns that are semi-automatic and accept detachable magazines are capable of firing the most bullets in a given period of time.

The NFA is the Federal law that makes you need a license to sell many guns in many circumstances (I'd like to see that become all guns in all circumstances), as well as making it prohibitively expensive and difficult to own, say, a machinegun.

Now, many people seem to think that the Assault Weapons Ban banned those types of guns, but it did not. It said if a weapon had those capabilities, it could not have a bayonet mount or have a grip of a certain shape. I don't want to go down that road again.

Thank you, if its DESIGNED to kill humans efficiently it should be classified uponit7771 Jun 2016 #1
And personally I'd focus on handguns Recursion Jun 2016 #11
The problem with that suggestion is extant weapons. Lizzie Poppet Jun 2016 #2
Yup. It's a big haul Recursion Jun 2016 #4
I just have a "pick your battles" problem with such suggestions. Lizzie Poppet Jun 2016 #10
So we are supposed to sit around and let tens of millions more to be manufactured. Hoyt Jun 2016 #5
I think that's the big issue: this is something that could bend the production curve Recursion Jun 2016 #23
I know absolutely nothing about guns. auntpurl Jun 2016 #3
definitions melm00se Jun 2016 #8
Thank you very much auntpurl Jun 2016 #12
I'll do my best Recursion Jun 2016 #9
Thank you very much, that was extremely helpful auntpurl Jun 2016 #14
Can guns with detachable magazines be handguns OR rifles? melm00se Jun 2016 #15
And most are handguns for that matter Recursion Jun 2016 #21
Sorry, one more question. auntpurl Jun 2016 #16
OK, so if one were going to be extremely pedantic a "clip" is something else Recursion Jun 2016 #18
Ok, I understand now. Thank you again for clarifying. auntpurl Jun 2016 #22
Traditionally a clip held 5-10 rounds of ammo by the rear rim, and are used to jmg257 Jun 2016 #19
Thank you for the information - this is all new to me auntpurl Jun 2016 #26
Guns were banned from being taken into this club under Florida law. Kang Colby Jun 2016 #6
It is illegal for people to steal money from banks. Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 #7
Message auto-removed Name removed Jun 2016 #13
Here we go... tallahasseedem Jun 2016 #17
It is better for 50+ people to lose all their rights and their lives Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 #20
Seems to me the detachable magazine is the key in all this. DCBob Jun 2016 #24
Yes, exactly Recursion Jun 2016 #25
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