About High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines

The basic argument: 

Say . . .

We all know some gun accessories are too dangerous for civilian use. Silencers, for example, have been banned for nearly 80 years. High-capacity ammunition magazines are designed to shoot a lot of people, quickly. There is no hunting or sporting purpose for these magazines and they were banned between 1994 and 2004. Just like silencers, high-capacity magazines are simply too dangerous for sale to civilians. 

Why . . .

Like assault weapons, it’s important to show that we have been banning particularly dangerous gun accessories for years. And high-capacity magazines are very common in mass shootings. The shooter in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre used at least three 30-round magazines. The shooter in the Tucson, Arizona massacre—in about 15 seconds—fired 31 shots from one magazine, hitting 19 people, including Rep. Gabby Giffords, and killing six, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge. The shooter in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater had a 100-round magazine.

Pro-gun argument: "A magazine ban wouldn’t save any lives.”

Say . . .

The Tucson massacre is a good example. The shooter had an ammunition magazine with 31 bullets. He was tackled after he shot out his clip and was trying to reload. If the magazine had only 10 rounds, a lot of people would have been saved.


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