High-capacity magazine

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High-capacity magazine (or large-capacity magazine) is a legal term that, in the United States, generally refers to magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, although the number varies among different jurisdictions for different kinds of firearms.[1][2]

In the U.S. since the 1980s, magazine capacity has been a subject of debate regarding civilian firearms. Many assault weapon bans since then have included or been accompanied by high-capacity or large-capacity magazine bans. The National Rifle Association (NRA) defines high-capacity magazine as "[an] inexact, non-technical term indicating a magazine holding more rounds than might be considered 'average.'"[3] In 2011, the Glock website said that a standard magazine for its 9mm semiautomatic pistol is between 13 and 17 rounds.[4] The same year, the rabbinic director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) endorsed the use of high-capacity magazines.[5] Some commentators and gun rights advocates call such devices "so-called high-capacity magazines."[6][7] The debate regarding magazine capacity intensified in the U.S. after the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. In January 2013, President Barack Obama included a ban on gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds in a list of gun-control laws he asked Congress to pass.[8]

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  1. ^ Rose, Veronica (January 24, 2013). "Laws onHigh Capacity Magazines". cga.ct.gov. Connecticut General Assembly. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines Policy Summary". smartgunlaws.org. Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "NRA-ILA Glossary". nraila.org. NRA Institute for Legislative Action. 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ McCombs, Brady (January 13, 2011). "Bill would ban gun magazines with more than 10 rounds". Arizona Daily Star. A standard magazine for a 9mm Glock semiautomatic pistol holds between 13 and 17 rounds, according to the Glock website. 
  5. ^ Bendory, Dovid (2011). "Five Reasons Why You Should Want High Capacity Magazines". jpfo.org. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Root, Damon (March 7, 2014). "Court: Bans on High-Capacity Magazines Are 'Only the Most Minor Burden on the Second Amendment'". reason.com. Reason Foundation. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nimmo, Kurt (March 11, 2014). "Supremes May Block Ban On High Capacity Magazines". Infowars.com. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Obama announces 23 executive actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws". CNN. January 16, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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