In an attempt to keep the Gifford shooting thread contained and in control I'm creating this thread. This would be a good place for questions and conversations regarding guns and gun law, access of the mentally ill to firearms, background checks and screening.
Was the gun used in the shooting illegal?
No. The gun used was a Glock 19 pistol. It was loaded with a high capacity magazine that holds 33 rounds. The (now) standard magazine holds ~15. The assault weapons ban (recently expired) banned this type of high capacity magazine and limited it to 10 rounds.
Discuss away, please play nice.