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Which states prohibit high-capacity magazines?

13 states have adopted this policy

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Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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Arizona has not adopted this policy

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Arkansas has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

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Colorado has adopted this policy

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Connecticut has adopted this policy

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Delaware has adopted this policy

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Florida has not adopted this policy

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Georgia has not adopted this policy

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Hawaii has adopted this policy

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Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Illinois has not adopted this policy

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Indiana has not adopted this policy

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Iowa has not adopted this policy

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Kansas has not adopted this policy

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Kentucky has not adopted this policy

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Louisiana has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Maryland has adopted this policy

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Massachusetts has adopted this policy

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Michigan has not adopted this policy

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Minnesota has not adopted this policy

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Mississippi has not adopted this policy

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Missouri has not adopted this policy

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Montana has not adopted this policy

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Nebraska has not adopted this policy

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Nevada has not adopted this policy

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New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

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New Jersey has adopted this policy

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New Mexico has not adopted this policy

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New York has adopted this policy

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North Carolina has not adopted this policy

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North Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Ohio has not adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

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Oregon has adopted this policy

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Pennsylvania has not adopted this policy

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Rhode Island has adopted this policy

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South Carolina has not adopted this policy

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South Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Tennessee has not adopted this policy

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Texas has not adopted this policy

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Utah has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Washington has adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

What It Does

These laws prohibit the purchase of high-capacity magazines, which are ammunition-feeding devices designed for lethality—enabling a shooter to fire more rounds without pausing to reload. States have typically defined high-capacity to include magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, though a few states provide different thresholds. A full discussion on High Capacity Magazines is here

The Impact

The majority of mass shootings from 2009 through 2018 involved high-capacity magazines—leading to more than twice as many people killed and 14 times as many people injured as other mass shootings.

Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Cal. Penal Code §§ 32310, 16350, 16740; C.R.S. § 18-12-302(1); Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-202w(a)-(c); Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, §§ 1465, 1466; Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-8(c); Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 4-305(b); Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, §§ 131M, 121; N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2C:39-3(j), 2C:39-1(y); N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.10(1)-(3), (6), 265.36, 265.00(23); R.I. Gen. Laws. §§ 11-47.1-2, 11-47.1-3; 13 V.S.A. § 4021(a); 2021 WA S 5078 (to be codified); D.C. Code § 7-2506.01(b)).

both: Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. (Last update 2022, January 7). Mass shootings in America. Everytown Research and Policy. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://everytownresearch.org/maps/mass-shootings-in-america-2009-2019/.

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