Norway Shooter Purchased Ammo from U.S. Supplier

Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik is charged with killing 68 people, many of them teenagers, at a youth camp on Utoya Island near Oslo. How did he manage to get off that many shots when Norwegian law "forbids the sale of clips for hunting rifles that hold more than three bullets"? By ordering clips from the U.S., of course.

In his unbelievably long (and boring) manifesto, Breivik writes that he purchase 10 30-round clips for his rifle from an undisclosed U.S. merchant. Those same clips were banned in the U.S. thanks to the 1994 assault weapons ban—but when the law expired in 2004, they were placed back on the market.

To be fair to U.S. gun control policy, Breivik could have bought the high-capacity clips in Sweden. But he chose the U.S. because he was able to get the ammunition cheaply—$550 for the 10 of them. Politico writes that Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has "introduced legislation to restrict magazines to their pre-2004 level," but Republicans in the House are unlikely to bring it to a vote. Lord knows there are a lot of hunters out there who need to shoot 30 rounds before reloading!

[Politico, photo via AP]