Magazine Capacity

House Bill 5554 – Reps. Caldwell, Knight, Blazejewski, Kazarian, Craven, McNamara, Felix, Ajello, McEntee, Williams
Senate Bill 414 – Senators Goldin, Miller, Seveney, Cano, Calkin, DiPalma, DiMario, Coyne, Quezada, Mendes


Rhode Islanders in favor of 10 rounds magazine limit.

Source: 2020 RI Statewide Poll on Gun Safety and Gun Violence Prevention

This act would prohibit firearm magazines that hold ten (10) or more rounds.

Mass Shootings with Large Capacity Magazines are Much More Lethal

Key findings in “The Effect of Large Capacity Magazine Bans on High-Fatality Mass Shootings, 1990-2017,” published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2019:

  • At minimum, large capacity magazines were used in 64% of high-fatality mass shootings perpetrated between 1990 and 2017
  • More people are killed when LCMs were used
  • States that limit LCMs experienced a lower rate of incidents and lower fatality counts

The Weapon of Choice for Mass Shooters

15 of the 20 deadliest shootings in the last decade have included the use of large capacity magazines.

>> Almost all occured in minutes, with shooters firing dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of bullets.

It’s About Public Safety

It is time to put public safety first and join with these states to reduce the number of these uniquely dangerous weapons from our communities.

⇒ Connecticut
⇒ Massachusetts
⇒ New York
⇒ New Jersey
⇒ Vermont

⇒ Maryland
⇒ California
⇒ Colorado
⇒ Hawaii
⇒ D.C.

Criminal Use of Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Semiautomatic Firearms

Journal of Public Health, 2017

Trend analyses indicate that high-capacity semiautomatics have

grown from 33 to 112% as a share of crime guns since the expiration of the federal ban

a trend that has coincided with recent growth in shootings nationwide.

Criminal Use of Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Semiautomatic Firearms_ an Updated Examination of Local and National Sources, Journal of Urban Health.2-01-01

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Massachusetts Upholds Assault Weapons Ban

For the second time in almost exactly one year the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejects Second Amendment protection for assault-style weapons and high capacity magazines.

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