President Biden's home state is using taxpayer funds to purchase banned commonly-owned standard-capacity magazines.

Earlier this year, Delaware Gov. John Carney gave his quick approval to a pair of anti-gun bills that placed regulations on both popular semi-auto firearms and banned mags capable of holding more than 17 rounds of centerfire ammunition. Such devices are now labeled a "large-capacity magazine" under the new law, with possession a class B misdemeanor for a first offense and a class E felony for any subsequent offense. State Police are now holding a series of "buyback" events announced for November. 

The state, once among the original 13 colonies to revolt against what would today be gentle overreach from the king of England and the first state to ratify the Constitution, is offering $15 for mags holding 18 to 30 rounds, $25 for those capable of holding 31 or more, and $80 for drums. There are some restrictions against "wholesale, retail, manufacturers, and distributor business entities" and those who want to get paid – anonymous relinquishments will be accepted but not reimbursed – must show a state ID to prove residency. 

While in rare instances, such as one of those guys who bought a box of poorly working Glock-pattern drums of unknown Asian manufacturer for $15 a pop, or a pallet of rusty European surplus G3 mags back when they were $2 a piece, the prices are lackluster. Plus, with state 2A groups promising to see Gov. Carney in court over the issue, and lots of exceptions to the mag ban – for instance, those with a concealed carry permit are exempt – odds are lots of folks are probably going to just hold on to their mags. As the state has budgeted $45,000 for the program, our guess would be that Delaware's taxpayers are about to greatly reduce the local inventories of busted and broken magazines taking up space in closets and gun safes rather than hamper crime in any real way. 

Biden, who represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before heading to the White House, has hailed the ban by Carney and state lawmakers, calling it "a step in the right direction" and urging a nationwide ban at the federal level that is even more restrictive.

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