I read an article in the LA Times about this a few days ago. Only the LA Times article was talking about local attempts to ban the .500 Smith in Los Angeles. Here is a copy of that article.
Warning, what you are about to read is full of Liberal non sense.
City Ban May Include .50-Caliber Handguns
By Steve Berry, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo said Friday that he will urge the City Council to ban the sale and possession of .50-caliber handguns such as the Smith & Wesson revolvers that are expected to soon hit the market nationwide.
In a letter to Council President Alex Padilla, Delgadillo said he will include the new weapon in a proposal that his office is drafting, at the council's request, that would ban .50-caliber rifles.
"The residents of Los Angeles will not stand for the super-sizing of handguns," Delgadillo said in a written statement. "These unnecessarily enormous weapons pose a danger and do not serve any justifiable purpose.
"Anyone who thinks this gun is going to be used for hunting is correct," Delgadillo said. "It is going to be used for hunting human beings."
Bob Scott, chairman of Smith & Wesson Corp., called Delgadillo's reaction "premature and overly dramatic."
"People should take a look at the actual product and its specifications before they jump to conclusions about what this weapon may or may not do," he said. "This revolver does not have the range a rifle has, and it is designed for big game hunting and silhouette shooting."
The Springfield, Mass., company announced earlier this week that it would begin distributing the .50-caliber Magnum revolver next month. The firm describes it as the world's most powerful commercially produced revolver. The firearm, expected to cost as much as $989, has double the power of most assault rifles used in America.
Gun enthusiasts and some law enforcement officials say they doubt the gun will become popular among criminals because of its weight, size and expense.
Luis Tolley, director of state legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, applauded Delgadillo's decision Friday. "There is no justification for having this kind of weapon," he said.
Delgadillo's office began working on a proposal to ban .50-caliber rifles, which are used by SWAT units and the military, at the request of the council late last year. His office has submitted a draft to the L.A. Police Commission, which is expected to act within the next two weeks.
I've long been amazed at the appalling ignorance of the anti-gun crowd. To keep it really simple, how long has the .454 Casull cartridge been around? What's the practical difference between this new .500 and a .357 or .44 Maggie, for that matter?
What has frustrated me for some 36 years, now, since I first got involved in RKBA during the debates for what became GCA 68, is that facts don't matter. It's all emotion and symbols. Anti-gun folks are afraid. They're not all afraid of the same things, but they wad up in a political bunch against us...And when you're talking emotions and fears and suchlike, facts become irrelevant.
Fear is what drives many of these antis. When they heard there was a new 500 Magnum, they automatically think of every gang banger walking the streets with these things wreaking havoc on society. It just points to their total ignorance. The 500 Linebaugh has been out for some time. No one is up in arms over its existence. This craziness should blow over. It just really sucks when we are in the middle of it watching in disbelief.
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