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Large capacity magazines and homicide

Carlisle Moody ()
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Carlisle Moody: Department of Economics, The College of William and Mary

No 160, Working Papers from Department of Economics, College of William and Mary

Abstract: Recent events have resulted in calls to ban large capacity magazines (LCMs) holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Using data from a Virginia data base of crime guns seized by police between 1993 and 2013, we find that the proportion of crime guns with LCMs declined after the 1994 Federal assault weapons ban and increased after the ban was lifted in 2004. However, we can find no evidence that LCMs increased either murder or gun murder, implying that the Federal LCM ban did not have the intended effect and that LCM bans are likely to be ineffective.

Keywords: : large capacity magazines; homicide; gun homicide (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 10 pages
Date: 2015-04-02
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