‘High-capacity’ ammo magazines pulled from PX stores

Matt Saintsing
March 08, 2018 - 1:23 pm
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PX department stores across the nation have pulled “higher-capacity” ammunition magazines from their stocks after AAFES mandated they do so, multiple sources at two major U.S. Army installations tell Connecting Vets.

Magazines that can hold 11 rounds or higher are no longer being sold from all Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) locations where military, veterans, and families shop at military installations around the world.

The decision came down from AAFES’ Headquarters in Dallas, Texas. 

A spokesperson for AAFES told Connecting Vets in an email that “the Exchange has recently aligned its policies with that of (Marine Corps Exchange) on magazines sold separately over a capacity of 11 rounds to have a unified strategic plan.”

It’s unclear if the recent deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and teachers dead, was the cause for the moratorium on these specific magazines.

A picture of an Exchange sign was posted on U.S. Army W.T.F! Moments' Facebook Page Tuesday, that reads “Ammo clips, magazines and accessories policy update: The Exchange and MCX will no longer sell magazines and clips with a capacity of 11 rounds or higher.”

“These items are no longer available in store or online at shopmyexchange.com; this includes marketplace vendors such as Sportsman's Guide and the RSR website."

There’s a real irony in some soldiers are trusted to maintain and operate a 68-ton M1 Abrams tank, but not a magazine that can hold 11 rounds.

Currently, eight states and the District of Columbia have high-capacity magazine restrictions or bans, so AAFES stores in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York are not impacted by the ban since state law prohibits sales of these types of magazines.

Firearm and ammunition sales, including magazines in AAFES stores, are subjected to state law.

However, in states without these restrictions, a veteran or service member can legally purchase what some consider a higher-capacity magazine off-post, but not on the installation.