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High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines: The Common Thread That Runs Through Mass Shootings

iolence Policy Center Details Use of High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in 10 Prior Mass Shootings; VPC Calls on Congress to Ban High-Capacity Magazines, Save Lives


High-capacity ammunition magazines are the
common thread that run through most mass shootings, the Violence Policy Center
(VPC) stated today in profiling the guns and ammunition magazines used in 10 of
America's most notorious mass shootings (

"The Arizona attack joins a long list
of mass shootings made possible by the easy availability of ammunition
magazines that can hold up to 100 rounds: Columbine, Virginia Tech,
Luby's, Wedgewood Baptist Church, Stockton, and all too many
others," said VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand.

The Violence
Policy Center
is calling on Congress to pass a new law banning the manufacture and sale of
high-capacity magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of
ammunition. Earlier this week, Representative Carolyn McCarthy
(D-NY) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced plans to introduce
legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. A similar ban on
high-capacity ammunition magazines was in place for 10 years as part of the
now-expired federal assault weapons ban.

Adds Rand, "High-capacity ammunition magazines facilitate mass
shootings by giving attackers the ability to fire numerous rounds without
reloading. An effective ban on high-capacity magazines will help prevent
tragedies like the one that claimed six lives and wounded numerous others last
Saturday. We can save lives in the future with this simple, effective

The VPC yesterday released a backgrounder on the Glock 19
pistol and ammunition magazine used in the Arizona attack (see
for backgrounder).

The Violence Policy Center (VPC) works to stop gun death and injury through research, education, advocacy, and collaboration. Founded in 1988 by Executive Director Josh Sugarmann, a native of Newtown, Connecticut, the VPC informs the public about the impact of gun violence on their daily lives, exposes the profit-driven marketing and lobbying activities of the firearms industry and gun lobby, offers unique technical expertise to policymakers, organizations, and advocates on the federal, state, and local levels, and works for policy changes that save lives. The VPC has a long and proven record of policy successes on the federal, state, and local levels, leading the National Rifle Association to acknowledge us as "the most effective ... anti-gun rabble-rouser in Washington."