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    Nine states and D.C. have enacted high-capacity magazine bans. Congress and the remaining states should also ban them to reduce gun violence in America.

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    Prohibit High-Capacity Magazines

    Prohibit High-Capacity Magazines WHAT DOES IT SOLVE?

    Firearms equipped with high-capacity magazines make instances of violence exceptionally deadly. High-capacity ammunition magazines, commonly defined as those capable of holding more than 10-rounds, are a threat to public safety and should be prohibited.

    ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES

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    A gun magazine is the rectangular piece that holds shells for feeding into the firearm’s chamber. High-capacity ammunition magazines, commonly defined as those capable of holding more than 10-rounds, make shootings more deadly. The more rounds a shooter can fire without reloading, the more wounds they can inflict. Congress and state legislatures should act to prohibit high-capacity magazines to reduce the devastation of gun violence in America.

    What does it solve? Myth & Fact How it works By the numbers

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    HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES

    Which states prohibit high-capacity magazines?

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    Myth & Fact

    Myth

    High-capacity magazines are not that prevalent.

    Fact

    Firearms equipped with high-capacity magazines account for a significant portion of guns recovered by police—and it’s no wonder they’re used in crimes. High-capacity magazines are designed for lethality. Guns equipped with these types of magazines maximize injury and make fatality more likely.

    HOW IT WORKS

    Prohibiting high-capacity magazines would reduce mass shooting deaths.

    High-capacity magazines are commonly defined as ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than 10-rounds. These devices enable a shooter to fire many bullets without pausing to reload. High-capacity magazines can hold as many as 100-rounds, and standard high-capacity magazines hold 30-rounds and can be purchased for as little as $8. But these inexpensive magazines have a costly human impact.

    Shootings involving high-capacity magazines have more fatalities and injuries than those that do not. In mass shootings between 2009 and 2020, high-capacity magazines led to 5x as many people shot per mass shooting.

    High-capacity magazines are often used in the violence that plagues our nation. Firearms equipped with high-capacity magazines account for an estimated 22 to 36% of crime guns. This threat to public safety has no place in our communities.

    In 1994, Congress passed a law generally prohibiting high-capacity magazines, but the prohibition expired in 2004. As a result, high-capacity magazines are legal unless state or local law prohibits them. Research shows that states with restrictions on magazine size experience mass shootings at less than half the rate of states without restrictions. Another study estimated that mass shooting deaths were 70% less likely to occur when the federal prohibition on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines was in effect.

    BY THE NUMBERS

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    Mass shootings involving high-capacity magazines result in 14x as many shot and wounded per incident on average compared to those that did not include the use of high-capacity magazines.

    Stat 59%

    In mass shootings from 2009 to 2018, 59 percent involved firearms with high-capacity magazines.

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    High-capacity magazines lead to 5x as many people shot per mass shooting.

    Stat $8

    Standard high-capacity magazines hold 30-rounds and can be purchased for as little as $8.

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    YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING…

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    What are high-capacity magazines?

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    Are high-capacity magazines legal in every state?

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    Are high-capacity magazine prohibited under federal law?

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    Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines

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    Twelve Years of Mass Shootings in the United States

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    Source : www.everytown.org

    Assault Weapons and High

    Nearly 70% of Americans support making the sale of high-capacity magazines illegal. Learn why we support legislation to make this a reality and save lives.

    Assault Weapons And High-Capacity Magazines

    High-capacity magazines allow firearms to be discharged repeatedly without reloading. This increases the potential for them to harm more people very quickly. An assault weapon refers to a semi-automatic, military-style firearm with high muzzle velocity and rapid rate of fire. Together, high-capacity magazines and assault weapons increase the lethality of gun violence. We support legislation prohibiting the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.

    What Are Assault Weapons?

    Assault weapons are military-style firearms intended to fire multiple rounds in quick succession – killing people quickly with little effort. They can be used with detachable magazines that can fire more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Assault weapons were primarily designed for use in war and battlefields. But because there’s no federal restriction on the sale of these weapons, civilians have been able to purchase assault weapons to carry out some of our nation’s deadliest mass shootings.

    What Are High-Capacity Magazines?

    High-capacity magazines, also known as large-capacity magazines, are those that contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition. They can be used with any semi-automatic firearm that accepts a detachable magazine, including handguns, and allow the firearm user to fire repeatedly for longer periods of time without having to reload.

    Congress has introduced lifesaving solutions to prohibit high capacity magazines and stop the sale of assault weapons. Sign the petition today!

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    Why Limit Access?

    Every time a shooter must pause to reload, there is an opportunity for lives to be saved. High-capacity magazines and assault weapons drastically reduce the number of these opportunities, increasing the ability of a shooter to harm large numbers of people quickly.

    The shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School had an assault weapon and ten 30-round magazines in his possession. In 4 minutes, he shot 154 bullets, killing 20 children and 6 adults. When he had to pause to reload, 11 children were able to escape.

    How Effective Are Restrictions?

    Laws restricting possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines have been shown to be the best predictors of a state’s rate of mass shootings.1 States without laws limiting magazines or assault weapons have significantly more high-fatality mass shootings and significantly higher death rates from such incidents than states with limits in place.2

    From 1994 to 2004, federal law made it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity magazines and certain semi-automatic firearms in the US. During this time, mass shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur than in periods before or after the law’s enforcement.3 After the law expired in 2004, there was a 183% increase in in high-fatality mass shootings and a 239% increase in deaths resulting from such shootings.4

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    Which States Have Magazine Limits?

    As of June 2020, nine states and the District of Columbia have laws in place restricting the sale and possession high-capacity magazines: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.

    Many of those same states also ban the sale of assault weapons: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

    How Can We Take Action?

    We need to call on Congress to pass proven gun safety policies.

    The Keep Americans Safe Act (H.R.2510 / S.1108) would prohibit the sale and transfer of high-capacity magazines.

    The Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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    Please Send A Message To Congress To Demand Magazine Limit And Assault Weapons Legislation To Prevent Future Tragedies.

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    Sources

    1. Sam Petulla, “Here is 1 correlation between state gun laws and mass shootings,” CNN, October 5, 2017.

    2. Louis Klarevas, Andrew Conner, David Hemenway (2019), “The Effect of Large-Capacity Magazine Bans on High-Fatality Mass Shootings, 1990-2017,” American Journal of Public Health 109, 1754-1761

    3. Charles DiMaggio et al., “Changes in US Mass Shooting Deaths Associated with he 1994-2004 Federal Assault Weapons Ban: Analysis of Open-source Data,” Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery 86, no. 1 (2019): 11-19.

    4. Christopher Ingraham, “It’s time to bring back the assault weapons ban, gun violence experts say,” The Washington Post, February 15, 2018.

    5. Gun Policy Remains Divisive, But Several Proposals Still Draw Bipartisan Support,” Pew Research Center, October 18, 2018.

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    What are Assault Weapons and High

    Assault weapons, paired with high-capacity magazines, have long been the weapon of choice for mass shooters.

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    WHAT ARE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES?

    WHAT ARE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES? ASSAULT WEAPONS, PAIRED WITH HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, HAVE LONG BEEN THE WEAPON OF CHOICE FOR MASS SHOOTERS.

    THESE WEAPONS OF WAR HAVE NO PLACE ON AMERICAN STREETS.

    WHAT ARE ASSAULT WEAPONS?

    An “assault weapon” refers to a semi-automatic gun designed for military use and quick, efficient killing. Assault weapons are uniquely lethal because of their rapid rate of fire and high muzzle velocity — coupled with high-capacity magazines, which attach to an assault weapon to allow dozens of gunshots without needing to reload. A high-capacity magazine is typically defined as any magazine or drum that is capable of holding more than either 10 or 15 rounds of ammunition.

    Military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines exist only to enact maximum destruction, and there’s simply no reason that everyday Americans need access to them.

    In shootings where assault weapons or high-capacity magazines are used, 155 percent more people are shot, and 47 percent more people are killed.

    DEMAND CONGRESS BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS!

    Please send a message now urging your senators to support this life-saving legislation (S. 736). We must build bipartisan support to move this bill forward!

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    THE FEDERAL ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN OF 1994

    In 1994, Congress enacted a federal assault weapons ban as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, commonly known as the “crime bill.” A ban on assault weapons was supported by former Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act named 19 guns (and their copies) as well as other semi-automatic firearms with two or more specified features listed above. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

    The federal assault weapon ban expired September 13, 2004. Congress did not renew it. When it expired, assault weapons and high-capacity magazines were suddenly legalized, unless banned by state or local laws.

    We know that assault weapon bans work because data proves it. For the decade that the federal assault weapons ban was in effect from 1994 to 2004, 89 people died in 12 massacres. But in the decade after the ban expired from 2004 to 2014, over 300 people were shot and killed in 34 mass shootings. That’s a staggering 183 percent increase in massacres and a 239 percent increase in fatalities.

    STATE LEGISLATION BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES

    Currently, seven states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York) and Washington, D.C, ban assault weapons, and two more regulate elements of their possession or purchase. These laws are all slightly different, but all work to prevent these weapons of war from being readily available to the general public.

    Additionally, 10 states and the District of Columbia have banned high-capacity magazines — though like assault weapon laws, the regulations slightly differ. The National Law Enforcement Partnership considers anything above 10 rounds as high- or large-capacity and advocates for their limitation from civilian access and use. While the Supreme Court case Heller v. District of Columbia has recognized the right of law-abiding citizens to own a gun in the home for self-protection, courts have widely upheld state assault weapon and high-capacity magazine bans as constitutional.

    Kyleanne Hunter, Brady's Vice President of Programs and a Marine Corps combat veteran, talks about AR-15s and weapons of war.

    WHY SHOULD WE REGULATE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES?

    *Mass shootings involving assault weapons or high-capacity magazines are far deadlier, and the death and injury counts of each mass shooting have been rising in recent years. From 2009 to 2013, an average of 7 people were shot during each mass shooting. In the five years following, this average increased by 15%. Assault weapons, paired with high-capacity magazines, are often the weapon of choice for public mass shooters. The shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killed 17 people using an assault weapon. But this was just one in a long list of horrific shootings committed with these weapons. Assault weapons were also used in:

    The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, 17 killed and 17 injured;

    The Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, 11 killed and 6 more injured;

    The Sutherland Springs church shooting, 26 killed and 20 more injured;

    The Las Vegas music festival shooting, 59 killed and over 500 more injured;

    The Pulse Nightclub shooting, 49 killed and 53 more injured;

    The San Bernardino Community Center shooting, 14 killed and 22 more injured;

    The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 26 killed and 2 more injured;

    The Aurora, Colorado, movie theatre shooting, 12 killed and 58 more injured;

    The Dayton, Ohio, shooting outside of a bar, nine killed and at least two dozen others;

    The Gilroy, California, garlic festival shooting, 3 killed and 17 injured;

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