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With the President's plan for gun control fully on the table, a lot of political rhetoric comes with this controversial issue. So tonight, we're bringing you what we call Guns 101 to clear up the confusion.
At a recent 2nd Amendment rally in Murfreesboro, gun owners were already drawing a line in the sand ahead of the President's plan.
Sen. Bill Ketron / R Murfreesboro says, "It's not going to happen in TN because we'll just dig a moat around this state."
The President's plan doesn't come close to taking away 2nd Amendment rights as some feared, but it would limit what's available.
Bob Shrader, a competitive shooter says, "You can buy a 100 round magazine." Shrader is a competitive shooter, an Army veteran, an NRA member, and former range safety officer who also works as Fox 17's Chief Photographer.
If the President's plan passes, the magazine which hold the bullets would fire no more than 10 bullets, requiring a shooter to reload more often.
Shrader adds, "It would be about half the size."
In the Colorado theatre shooting and the Connecticut school shooting both gunmen used 30 round magazines, meaning they could fire 30 times before they ran out of bullets. Sadly, both reloaded, and continued shooting.
Pres. Obama says: "A ban on military-style assault weapons." That phrase 'military style assault weapons' is another one we'll hear a lot of in the coming weeks.
Shrader, "Most people think that's the same thing the military is using which would be a fully automatic weapon. The truth is the public generally can't own those. You have to have a special class 3 permit to own those and you can only buy those from a class 3 licensed dealer."
In essence, we already can't buy guns the military uses. The military uses fully automatic. The public buys semi automatic. Shrader explains the difference, "A fully automatic weapon means when you pull the trigger when you hold the trigger back it's going to fire until the magazine is empty. The semi automatic weapon, whether it's a handgun or a rifle, is going to fire one round each time you pull a trigger and one round only."
The last assault rifle ban expired in 2004. Any proposed legislation could include bans on specific guns such as AR-15'S AND AK-47'S.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 12:16 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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