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States With High Capacity Magazine Restrictions

The map below shows the states which have unfriendly magazine laws. AIT Arms will not ship large capacity magazines to those states.

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Limitations by State

California – Right now this state has a 10 round limit on magazines. The Golden State on Aug. 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s judgment that California Government Code, which bans possession of large-capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammo, violated the Second Amendment. The state of California now has the option of requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision and may seek a delay on implementation of the decision to prevent a surge in purchases.

Colorado – Has a 15 round limit on magazines. In the city of Denver the limit is 10 rounds. The Centennial State doesn’t allow more than 15 rounds. It is illegal to sell, transfer or possess a “high-capacity” magazine unless the individual owned the large-capacity magazine on July 1, 2013, and maintained possession of the large-capacity magazine. The City of Boulder has Ordinance 5-8-2, which makes any ammunition-feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds illegal.

Connecticut – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. The Constitution State doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. Any person who distributes, imports into the state, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, or purchases a high-capacity magazine is criminally liable for a Class D felony. There are exemptions for, in part, a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot accommodate more than 10 rounds of ammunition, or a magazine that is permanently inoperable. There is also a grandfather provision for high-capacity magazines possessed prior to January of 2014.

Hawaii – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. Handguns are limited to 10 rounds. The Aloha State says any magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds that can be inserted into a pistol is not allowed. Members of organizations are exempt from the pistol magazine limit at places of target shooting.

Illinois – The Prairie State has no law restricting large capacity magazines. Cook County (Chicago) government issued such restrictions to 10 rounds.

Maryland – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. The Old Line State says 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. There is an exemption for law enforcement officers (LEOs) and retired LEOs.

Massachusetts – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. The Bay State says it is illegal to possess magazines of over 10 rounds capacity. Pre-ban magazines manufactured before September 13, 1994 are exempt from this restriction

New Jersey – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. The Garden State, says magazines are limited to 10 rounds for semi-automatic pistols and rifles, and 6 rounds for semi-automatic shotguns. There are exemptions for authorized military and law enforcement and for firearms that have been registered by persons who participate in competitive shooting matches.

New York – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. The Empire State, says magazine size limited to 10 rounds. Law enforcement and retired law enforcement with last service weapon only, are exempt from the 10 round limit.

Also exempt are antique high-quality magazines if registered to an associated antique assault weapon. Under the NY SAFE Act (signed on the 15th of January, 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo) the magazine law was changed. A legal provision that mandated no more than 7 rounds that may be loaded into the magazine was struck down by a federal judge on December 31, 2013.

Vermont – Has a 15 round limit on magazines. The Green Mountain State, bans sale or possession of magazines of more than 10 rounds for long guns and 15 rounds for pistols. Previously owned high capacity magazines are grandfathered.

Washington D.C – Doesn’t allow more than 10 rounds. Our nation’s capitol says magazines, 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 information contained on this website is provided as a service to our customers and the concealed carry community. The information provided here does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of magazine laws in the above states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed.

Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer. We always recommend you check with a legal authority in your area to obtain detailed information.

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