Policy Memorandum

Issue:

Magazine Capacity Restrictions

Policy Memorandum No.:

15-11

Replaces (if applicable):

N/A

To be read with (if applicable):

N/A

Passed by Policy Committee:

16 September 2015

Passed by Board of Directors

23 September 2015

Policy:

The CCFR believes that magazine capacity restrictions ought to be eliminated as they serve no useful public safety purpose.

Rationale and Discussion:

First, if one has a criminal intent to use a firearm, and wishes to use a standard capacity magazine, one merely has to use a power drill to remove the rivet which pins it at the legal capacity. The rivet therefore only prevents lawful firearm users from enjoying standard capacity magazines, not criminals.

Second, a magazine change can be effected on the go in less than two seconds by someone who is skilled. The magazine capacity limits therefore do nothing to enhance public safety as the concept of a “pause” or opportunity to take down an active shooter during a reload is a fiction. So again, the prohibition on standard capacity magazines has no effect on the criminal, only on the law-abiding firearm user.

Third, there are lawful ways of achieving higher magazine capacities. For example, there are variants of the AR 15 that fire .50 Beowulf cartridges. The magazines for these firearms fit all AR 15 variants. These magazines can also hold 14 rounds of 5.56 mm NATO ammunition. These are not prohibited devices, but do permit lawful users of AR 15 rifles to load more than five rounds in their magazines. To the same effect are LAR-15 magazines which hold 10 rounds because they are designed for a pistol. However, they also fit all AR 15 variants. Finally, there are a number of rifles designed to take pistol magazines. For example, the JR carbine uses Glock magazines and the Beretta Cx4 storm carbine uses Beretta pistol magazines.

These restrictions not only serve no public safety purpose, but they also pose a grave risk to law-abiding gun owners for the simple reason that the rivet fell out in their magazine (the offence carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison, even if the owner does not realize the rivet fell out).