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Gun Magazine Capacity Fact Sheet

Gun Magazine Capacity Fact Sheet

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Magazines for firearms in common use on America’s shooting ranges, kept at home, or lawfully carried by millions of citizens today vary in their ammunition-carrying capacity.

http://www.ammoland.com/2013/01/another-high-capacity-magazine-ban-would-not-reduce-crime/
Magazines for firearms in common use on America’s shooting ranges, kept at home, or lawfully carried by millions of citizens today vary in their ammunition-carrying capacity.

http://www.ammoland.com/2013/01/another-high-capacity-magazine-ban-would-not-reduce-crime/

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Published by: AmmoLand Shooting Sports News on Jan 24, 2013
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Magazines or irearms in commonuse on America’s shooting ranges,kept at home, or lawully carriedby millions o citizens today vary intheir ammunition-carrying capacity.Depending on the make and modelo irearm, magazines provided bymanuacturers as standard equipmentor handguns and riles otenaccommodate 15 to 30 rounds oammunition.These magazines oer recreationaland competitive shooters, as wellas those citizens exercising theirright to carry a irearm or keep oneat home or sel-deense, the choiceo magazine that should be theirs tomake.The average number o rounds iredin the course o a criminal shootinginvolving a semiautomatic pistol isbetween 3.2 and 3.7 rounds.
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Thisalls well below the arbitrary 10 roundlimit imposed during the AWB andis even less than the capacity o anordinary revolver. In act, this averagenumber o rounds ired is only aboutone shot higher than in the caseo criminal misuse o revolvers.
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Aseparate study, conducted or theNational Institute o Justice, oundthat data suggest “relatively ewattacks involve more than 10 shotsired” and that studies on the numbero shots ired “show that assailantsire less than our shots on average.”
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 Further, research has shown thatcriminal misuse with pistols is notsigniicantly more likely to result ininjuries or atalities than in casesinvolving revolvers.
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 While so-called “assault riles” arerarely used in crime, those criminalsusing them were actually less likely tohave ired the gun than those carryinga single-shot irearm.
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Banning magazines or irearms basedon an arbitrary limit on capacity hasoten been proered as a “commonsense” measure to reduce crimerates, especially ollowing deplorableand highly publicized tragedies. Buta dispassionate look at the actsdemonstrates that limiting magazinecapacity by some arbitrary number orounds o ammunition it can hold willnot reduce thecrime rate.As part o themisleadinglynamed “AssaultWeapons Ban”(AWB), between1994 and 2004,the productiono newlymanuacturedmagazines orboth riles andhandguns waslimited to acapacity o ten cartridges.
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Acomprehensive study by theCenters or Disease Control(CDC) in 2003 looked at 51studies covering the ull panoply ogun-control measures, including theAWB, and was unable to show that
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The evidence shows it would not reduce crime rates 
According to studies by the Centers
or Disease Control (CDC) and theUrban Institute the
“Assault Weap-on Ban” (AWB), which restrictedmagazine capacity, did not reducecrime rates.
Since the AWB and its magazine
capacity restriction expired in 2004
the U.S.
violent crime rate hasfallen by 17%.
Since 2004, magazines with a
capacity o more than ten roundsare again common and standardwith most semiautomatic rifesand pistols sold. Millions o thesemagazines are saely and responsi-bly owned and used by law-abidingAmericans.
There are alreadyroughly 130 million detachablemagazines. More than 30 million ofthese can accommodate more than30 rounds.
Criminals misusing pistols dischargeon average fewer rounds than areheld in an ordinary revolver
and onlyabout one more shot than thosemisusing revolvers.

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