The panel also considered whether the previous federal Assault Weapons Act of 1994 that banned 15-round magazines would have made a difference in the April 16 incidents. The law lapsed after 10 years, in October 2004, and had banned clips or magazines with over 10 rounds. The panel concluded that 10-round magazines that were legal [under the ban] would have not made much difference in the incident. Even [revolvers] with rapid loaders could have been about as deadly in this situation. (p. 74)
After a few more seconds of conversation, the reporter said, "You're suggesting greater gun controls, it sounds like."
Chief Timoney replied, "Absolutely! Listen, I'm fully aware of, cognizant of, supportive off the Second Amendment, but there's no way anybody can convince me that an ordinary citizen should be walking around the streets of our cities carrying a military assault weapon."
Miami police say they consider the spike in shootings this year an “outlier.” They say major crime numbers remain low overall and put much of the blame on the end of the federal Assault Weapons Ban in 2004. Automatic gunfire from easy-to-get guns can spray hundreds of bullets in the blink of an eye.