High Capacity Magazine Restrictions

US States have restrictions on high capacity magazines:

ITAR Notice: export of this item is strictly prohibited without a valid export license issued by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Defense Trade Controls, prescribed in the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR).

MTR will not sell/ship high capacity magazines to the states listed.  No exceptions!  You are responsible for knowing your states laws. For your viewing pleasure or displeasure, we have provided a detailed list and sited codes and states laws regarding the restrictions.

Cheers!

 

“State Restrictions on Magazines”

High Capacity Magazine Banned or Restricted. If state is not listed then higher capacity magazines are legal.

 

California

 

California Large Capacity Magazines

With limited exceptions, California law prohibits any person from manufacturing, importing into the state, keeping for sale, offering or exposing for sale, giving, or lending any large capacity magazine. Cal. Penal Code § 12020(a)(2), (b). A "large capacity magazine" is defined as any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds, but does not include any .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device, any feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than ten rounds, or any tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm. Section 12020(c)(25). California does not ban the possession of large capacity magazines.

Upon a showing of good cause, the California Department of Justice may issue permits for the possession, transportation, or sale of large capacity ammunition magazines between a licensed California firearms dealer and an out-of-state customer. Section 12079(a). This requirement applies for only the out-of-state importation and exportation of large capacity ammunition magazines, including the transportation of such magazines as necessary to complete a transfer to or from an out of state source. See Cal. Code Regs. tit. 11, § 978.40.

Large capacity magazines may be manufactured for any federal, state, or local government or law enforcement agency, or for use by agency employees in the discharge of their official duties, whether on or off duty. Section 12020(b)(30). Large capacity magazines may also be purchased or loaned for the sole use as a motion picture, television or video prop. Section 12020(b)(31), (32)(A). Such magazines may also be resold to law enforcement agencies, government agencies, or the military, pursuant to applicable federal regulations. Section 12020(b)(32)(C).

For additional large capacity ammunition magazine regulations, see Cal. Code Regs. tit. 11, §§ 978.40-978.44.

San Francisco Bullet Ban

Police Code Article 9 Prohibited Ammunition
Section 618 (a) Definition. For purposes of this Section, "Prohibited Ammunition" shall mean:

(1) Ammunition sold under the brand name "Winchester Black Talon," or that has physical properties resulting in ballistics performance identical to ammunition presently or formerly sold under the brand name Winchester Black Talon; or,

(2) Ammunition designated by its manufacturer for purchase by law enforcement or military agencies only, unless other ammunition is available to the general public that has physical properties resulting in ballistics performance identical to such ammunition.

(b) Possession Prohibited; Exceptions. No person, firm, corporation or other entity may possess Prohibited Ammunition within the City and County of San Francisco, except that this subsection shall not apply to the otherwise-lawful possession of Prohibited Ammunition by the following:

(1) Peace officers in possession of Prohibited Ammunition issued to them by their employing agency;

(2) Federal law enforcement officers or other federal employees in possession of Prohibited Ammunition issued to them by their employing agency;

(3) Members of the armed forces oft he United States in possession of Prohibited Ammunition issued to them by the military agency to which they belong;

(4) Patrol special police officers, animal control officers or zookeepers, harbor police officers, sheriff's security officers, or police security officers in possession of Prohibited Ammunition issued to them by their employing agencies; or,

(5) Businesses licensed as firearms dealers under this Article in possession of Prohibited Ammunition for sale to law enforcement and military agencies. Agencies employing persons listed in subsection (b)(4) are considered law enforcement agencies for purposes of this Section.

(c) Sale or Transfer. No business licensed as a firearm dealer under this Article may sell, lease or otherwise transfer Prohibited Ammunition except to law enforcement and military agencies.

(d) Police Database. The San Francisco Police Department shall prepare or cause to be prepared a public database of brands and product lines of ammunition meeting the definition of "Prohibited Ammunition" in subsection (a). Failure of the Police Department to create or maintain such a database, or the omission from the database of a particular brand or product line of ammunition otherwise qualifying as "Prohibited Ammunition," under subsection (a), shall not be a defense to or otherwise excuse a violation of this Section.

(e) Penalty. Violation of any of the provisions of this Section is a misdemeanor and upon conviction the violator may be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or by imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months, or by both.

Note: The San Francisco PD stated to the NRA that this ban only covered “Black Talon” ammunition and no other hollowpoint ammunition. Black Talon has been out of production for years. Use Caution. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court ruled on 3/25/14 that SF could require firearms to be secured in the home at all times. Either on your person on locked up. The decision also stated more than once that SF only banned the “Selling” of HP ammo in SF and not the possession. The case was not about HP ammo but about securing your firearm in your home. With this ruling no one is sure if it overturned SF ban on possession of HP Ammo. You can read the decision Here.

Police Code Article 9 Sec. 619

(b) Definition. “Large capacity magazine” means any detachable ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, but shall not be construed to include any of the following:

(1) A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than 10 rounds:

(2) A .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device; or
(3) A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

(c) Prohibition on Possession of Large Capacity Magazines.
(1) No person, corporation, or other entity in the City may possess a large capacity

magazine, weather assembled or disassembled.
(2) Any person who, prior to the effective date of this chapter, was legally in possession of a

large capacity magazine shall have 90 days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:

(A) Remove the large capacity magazine from the city;
(B) Surrender the large capacity magazine to the Police Department for destruction; or

(C) Sell or transfer the large capacity magazine lawfully in accordance with Penal Code 12020.

City of Sunnyvale (Magazine Ban)
9.44.050. Possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines prohibited.

(a) No person may possess a large-capacity magazine in the City of Sunnyvale whether assembled or disassembled. For purposes of this section, “large-capacity magazine” means any detachable ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten (10) rounds, but shall not be construed to include any of the following:

(1) A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than ten (10) rounds; or
(2) A .22 caliber tubular ammunition feeding device; or
(3) A tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

Note: Both the San Francisco and Sunnyvale have had lawsuits filed against these bans. Other cities in California may have such bans. Use Caution.

 

Colorado

 

Colorado & City of Denver High Capacity Ammunition Magazines

The New Law below becomes effective 7/1/13.

18-12-301. Definitions. As Used In This Part 3, Unless the Context Otherwise Requires:
(1)
"Bureau" means the Colorado Bureau of Investigation created and existing pursuant to section

24-33.5- 401, C.R.S.

(2) (a) "large-capacity magazine means:
(I) a fixed or detachable magazine, box, drum, feed strip, or similar device capable of

accepting, or that is designed to be readily converted to accept, more than fifteen rounds or ammunition;

(II) a fixed, tubular shotgun magazine that holds more than twenty-eight inches of shotgun shells, including any extension device that is attached to the magazine and holds additional shotgun shells; or

(III) a nontubular, detachable magazine, box, drum, feed strip, or similar device that is capable of accepting more than eight shotgun shells when combined with a fixed magazine.

(b) "large-capacity magazine" does not mean:
(I) a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more

than fifteen rounds of ammunition;

(II) an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition; or

(III) a tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

18-12-302. Large-Capacity Magazines Prohibited - Penalties - Exceptions.
(1) (a) except as otherwise provided in this section, on and after July 1,2013, a person who sells,transfers, or possesses a large-capacity magazine commits a class 2 misdemeanor.

(b) any person who violates subsection (1) of this section after having been convicted of a prior violation of said subsection (1) commits a class 1 misdemeanor.

(c) any person who violates subsection (1) of this section commits a class 6 felony if the person possessed a large-capacity magazine during the commission of a felony or any crime of violence, as defined in section 18-1.3-406.

(2) (a) a person may possess a large-capacity magazine if he or she:

  1. (I)  owns the large capacity magazine on the effective date of this section; and

  2. (II)  maintains continuous possession of the large-capacity magazine.

(b) if a person who is alleged to have violated subsection (1) of this section asserts that he or she is permitted to legally possess a large-capacity magazine pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subsection (2), the prosecution has the burden of proof to refute the assertion.

The Colorado Attorney General has put out a “Guidance Letter” for the Dept. of Public Safety on implementation of the Magazine Ban as requested by the Governor. You can read that letter Here.

Denver Colorado Ordinance

Sec. 38-130. - Assault Weapons.
(b)(1)
Assault weapon shall include all firearms with any of the following characteristics:

d. Any firearm which has been modified to be operable as an assault weapon as defined herein.
e. Any part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault weapon, including a detachable magazine with a capacity of twenty-one (21) or more rounds, or any combination of parts from which an assault weapon may be readily assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.

Note: With the new State Mag limitations starting 7/1/13 the Denver Ordinance will most likely be amended to state 15 rounds. Even with their ordinance stating 21 rounds after 7/1/13 the state limit will be 15.

 

 

Connecticut

 

Connecticut . Higher Capacity Magazine Laws:

Bill No. 1160 LCO No. 5428 January 2013 Session (The listed parts of the bill below are effective Immediately. Other parts of the bill have effective dates of Immediately,7/1/13, 10/1/13 & 1/1/14) The CT State Police have put out FAQs on the new law that you can read Here.

29-37a Sec. 14. .... "magazine" means any firearm magazine, belt, drum, feed strip or similar device that accepts ammunition.....

Sec. 23. (a) As used in this section and section 24 of this act:
(1)
"Large capacity magazine" means any firearm magazine, belt, drum, feed strip or similar

device that has the capacity of, or can be readily restored or converted to accept, more thanten rounds of ammunition, but does not include: (A) A feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than ten rounds of ammunition, (B) a .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device, (C) a tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm, or (D) a magazine that is permanently inoperable;

(b) Except as provided in this section, on and after the effective date of this section, any person who, within this state, distributes, imports into this state, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, or purchases a large capacity magazine shall be guilty of a class D felony. On and after the effective date of this section, any person who, within this state, transfers a large capacity magazine, except as provided in subsection (f) of this section, shall be guilty of a class D felony.

(c) Except as provided in this section and section 24 of this act: (1) Any person who possesses a large capacity magazine on or after January 1, 2014, that was obtained prior to the effective date of this section shall commit an infraction and be fined not more than ninety dollars for a first offense and shall be guilty of a class D felony for any subsequent offense, and (2) any person who possesses a large capacity magazine on or after January 1, 2014, that was obtained on or after the effective date of this section shall be guilty of a class D felony.

(d) A large capacity magazine may be possessed, purchased or imported by:
(3) Any person who has declared possession of the magazine pursuant to section 24 of this act; (Means Registered it with Authorities)

Sec. 24. (d) Any person who moves into the state in lawful possession of a large capacity magazine shall, within ninety days, either render the large capacity magazine permanently inoperable, sell the large capacity magazine to a licensed gun dealer or remove the large capacity magazine from this state, except that any person who is a member of the military or naval forces of this state or of the United States, is in lawful possession of a large capacity magazine and has been transferred into the state after January 1, 2014, may, within ninety days of arriving in the state, apply to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to declare possession of such large capacity magazine.

(f) Any person who declared possession of a large capacity magazine under this section may possess the large capacity magazine only under the following conditions:

(1) At that person's residence;
(2) At that person's place of business or other property owned by that person, provided such

large capacity magazine contains not more than ten bullets;

(3) While on the premises of a target range of a public or private club or organization organized for the purpose of practicing shooting at targets;

(4) While on a target range which holds a regulatory or business license for the purpose of practicing shooting at that target range;

(5) While on the premises of a licensed shooting club;

(6) While transporting the large capacity magazine between any of the places set forth in this subsection, or to any licensed gun dealer, provided (A) such large capacity magazine contains not more than ten bullets, and (B) the large capacity magazine is transported in the manner required for an assault weapon under subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 53- 202f of the general statutes, as amended by this act; or

(7) Pursuant to a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver, provided such large capacity magazine (A) is within a pistol or revolver that was lawfully possessed by the person prior to the effective date of this section, (B) does not extend beyond the bottom of the pistol grip, and (C) contains not more than ten bullets.

Note: You need to go to the link for the bill and read it. It contains many restrictions on what firearms & magazines that can be brought into the state. CT Now has a 10 Rd Limits on Magazines that have not been registered with authorities by residents and those have to be possessed by a certain date. Handgunlaw.us recommends that residents of CT or anyone visiting CT with a firearm read the bill and all other information available on the new law. You can also view the bill Here. More information can be found at the Connecticut Citizens Defense League Inc website.

Note: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is reporting that the way the law is worded that you can carry a registered Higher Capacity magazine in your firearm but it can only be loaded with 10 rounds. Connecticut’s law requiring a magazine be “within” the firearm “limits the number of declared ‘large capacity magazines’ one is able to carry, along with the number of bullets it can contain. (See (7) above) So if you carry spare magazines they have to be 10 round or less type magazines or you are in violation of the law. You can’t under the law carry a higher capacity magazine only loaded with 10 rounds unless it is “Within” the firearm. Will this matter to authorities? No one is sure but that is the way the law is worded.

 

DC

 

DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines .

D.C. Official Code § 7-2506.01

“(b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “large capacity ammunition feeding device” means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The term “large capacity ammunition feeding device” shall not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.”.

 

Hawaii

 

Hawaii High Capacity Ammunition Magazines .

“The manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of detachable ammunition magazines with a capacity in excess of ten rounds which are designed for or capable of use with a pistol is prohibited." Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-8(c).

 

Illinois

 

Aurora

(§ 29-49) bans the possession, sale, or acquisition of large capacity feeding devices (magazines with a capacity of more than 15 rounds). With New State Preemption this would only apply to Long Guns.

Chicago

8-20-010 Definitions Previous ordinances on the restrictions have been deleted and this sections has all the restrictions for handguns and long guns in Chicago. The new preemption law voids all handgun restrictions in Illinois.

Franklin Park

(§ 3-13G-3) bans the transfer, acquisition, possession, manufacture or distribution of assault ammunition (any detachable ammunition magazine having a capacity of more than 16 rounds). With New State Preemption this would only apply to Long Guns.

Oak Park

(§§ 27-2-1 and 27-1-2) bans the possession and sale of large capacity feeding devices (magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds). With New State Preemption this would only apply to Long Guns.

Riverdale

(§ 5.120.180 and 5.120.190) bans the possession, transfer, acquisition or manufacture of assault ammunition (a detachable magazine box with a capacity of “more than 35 rounds centerfire.”). With New State Preemption this would only apply to Long Guns.

Note: The above restrictions would only apply to Long Guns. The State has preempted all local handgun laws.

 

Maryland

 

 

Maryland High Capacity Magazines . Higher Capacity Magazines:

(These new Restrictions on Firearms and Mags becomes effect October 1, 2013. The Bill can be seen Here. )

4301. (II) a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds;

(IV) a semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds;

(F) “detachable magazine” means an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from a firearm without requiring disassembly of the firearm action or without the use of a tool, including a bullet or cartridge.

4305. (a) This section does not apply to:
(1) a .22 caliber rifle with a tubular magazine;

(b) A person may not manufacture, sell, offer for sale, purchase, receive, or transfer a detachable magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition for a firearm.

MD LEOSA
(7) possession by a person who is retired in good standing from service with a law enforcement agency of the state or a local unit in the state and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving an assault weapon or detachable magazine if:

(I) the assault weapon or detachable magazine is sold or transferred to the person by the law enforcement agency on retirement; or
(II) the assault weapon or detachable magazine was purchased or obtained by the person for official use with the law enforcement agency before retirement; or

(8) possession or transport by an employee of an armored car company if the individual is acting within the scope of employment and has a permit issued under title 5, subtitle 3 of the public safety article; or
(9) possession, receipt, and testing by, or shipping to or from:

(I) an ISO 17025 accredited, national institute of justiceapproved ballistics testing laboratory; or

(II) a facility or entity that manufactures or provides research and development testing, analysis, or engineering for personal protective equipment or vehicle protection systems.

Note: LEOSA does not negate a States ban on Magazines.

 

Massachusetts

 

Massachusetts Large Capacity Feeding Devices .

The sale, offering for sale, transfer or possession of large capacity feeding devices for assault weapons (as defined under Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 121), is prohibited unless such device was lawfully possessed on September 13, 1994. Ch. 140, § 131M.

Under Massachusetts law, a “large capacity feeding device” is defined as: “(i) a fixed or detachable magazine, box, drum, feed strip or similar device capable of accepting, or that can be readily converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition or more than five shotgun shells; or (ii) a large capacity ammunition feeding device as defined in the federal Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. section 921(a)(31) as appearing in such section on September 13, 1994.” Ch. 140, § 121. This does not include “an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber ammunition.” Id.

Large capacity feeding devices designed for large capacity rifles and shotguns may be lawfully possessed by a holder of a Class A or B license to carry. Ch. 140, § 131(a), (b)(ii). Large capacity feeding devices designed for handguns may be possessed only by persons holding a Class A license to carry. Ch. 140, § 131(a).

The Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety (“Secretary”) is required to compile and publish a roster of large capacity handguns, rifles, shotguns and feeding devices for those firearms, as those weapons and devices are defined in Ch. 140, § 121. Ch. 140, § 131 3/4. The Secretary may amend the roster upon his or her own initiative, upon the initiative of the Gun Control Advisory Board under Ch. 140, § 131 1/2, or upon the petition of any person seeking to place a weapon on or remove a weapon from the roster. Ch. 140, § 131 3/4.

 

New Jersey

 

New Jersey Large Capacity Feeding Devices .

New Jersey prohibits the manufacture, transport, shipment, sale or disposal of large capacity ammunition magazines, unless the magazine is intended to be used for authorized military or law enforcement purposes. N.J. Rev. Stat § 2C:39-9h. New Jersey law defines “large capacity ammunition magazine” as a box, drum, tube or other container which is capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition to be fed continuously and directly into a semi-automatic firearm. Section 2C:39-1y

 

New York

 

New York Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device .

Notice: The United States District Court Western District of New York on 12/31/13 struck down the law that only 7 rounds could be loaded in a magazine in New York. The Court also upheld other parts of the SAFE Act. You can possess 10 rd magazines. NY has put out info on the SAFE ACT and it states this:

Q: How many rounds can I put in my magazine?

A: While at a recognized range, whether you are there for recreation or for participating in shooting competitions, you may load the full ten rounds into any magazine you have. Starting on April 15, 2013, you are limited to putting 7 rounds in the magazine in all other locations.

There is litigation concerning the above.

The New York State Police Guide to the Safe Act Revised

Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device

400.00
23
. "Large capacity ammunition feeding device" means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device, that

(A) Has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than ten rounds of ammunition, OR

(C) Is obtained after the effective date of the chapter of the Laws of two thousand thirteen which amended this subdivision and has a Capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, More than ten rounds of ammunition; provided, however, that such term does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and Capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition or a Feeding device that is a curio or relic.