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LaPierre: 'No evidence' gun control would have changed Newtown

National Rifle Association vice president Wayne LaPierre said Tuesday that there was no evidence smaller magazines would have resulted in fewer deaths at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school where 20 children and six educators were killed late last year.

“People that know guns — you can change magazine clips in a second,” LaPierre told Fox News. “There’s no evidence that anything would have changed.” 


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Congressional Democrats have suggested that new gun controls should include a limit on magazine size, arguing that the time it takes to switch out the ammunition feeding devices could give shooting victims more time to flee, and police more time to respond.

Connecticut recently passed a restriction on magazine size at the state level, and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has said he will offer a ban as an amendment to the Senate gun control bill that is expected later in the month.

On Thursday, LaPierre said those using guns as self-defense shouldn't be limited by magazine restrictions.

"The fact is, if you’re a homeowner though, and you have someone coming through your door in the middle of the night, why should you be limited to three rounds or four rounds like [New York City] Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg wants to do?” LaPierre said. “A third of robberies involve multiple intruders and people want them for the same reason police want them, for the same reason Capitol Hill is protected by them. Why should you be limited to what some politician believes is reasonable?”

He also said he did not think such a ban would affect mass shooters, because they would be willing to subvert the law.

"I think the problem with what Connecticut did is the criminals, the drug dealers, the people that are going to do horror and terror, they aren’t going to cooperate. I mean all you’re doing is making the law books thicker for the law-abiding people," LaPierre said.

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