Magazines or irearms in commonuse on America’s shooting ranges,kept at home, or lawully carriedby millions o citizens today vary intheir ammunition-carrying capacity.Depending on the make and modelo irearm, magazines provided bymanuacturers as standard equipmentor handguns and riles otenaccommodate 15 to 30 rounds oammunition.These magazines oer recreationaland competitive shooters, as wellas those citizens exercising theirright to carry a irearm or keep oneat home or sel-deense, 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.
Thisalls 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.
Aseparate study, conducted or theNational Institute o Justice, oundthat data suggest “relatively ewattacks involve more than 10 shotsired” and that studies on the numbero shots ired “show that assailantsire less than our shots on average.”
Further, research has shown thatcriminal misuse with pistols is notsigniicantly more likely to result ininjuries or atalities than in casesinvolving revolvers.
While so-called “assault riles” arerarely used in crime, those criminalsusing them were actually less likely tohave ired the gun than those carryinga single-shot irearm.
Banning magazines or irearms basedon an arbitrary limit on capacity hasoten been proered 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 orounds o ammunition it can hold willnot reduce thecrime rate.As part o themisleadinglynamed “AssaultWeapons Ban”(AWB), between1994 and 2004,the productiono newlymanuacturedmagazines orboth riles andhandguns waslimited to acapacity o ten cartridges.
Acomprehensive study by theCenters or Disease Control(CDC) in 2003 looked at 51studies covering the ull panoply ogun-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
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 saely 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.