.22 ammo impossible for a 18yr old to buy?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by remington7mm, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. remington7mm

    remington7mm New Member

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    from what i have heard in illinois you have to be 21 to buy any sort of .22 ammo? can someone verify this for me becuase i will like to shoot 22's because they are cheap and are decent for target practice indoors and outdoors. any help fould be apprecheated!
     
  2. Highpower

    Highpower New Member

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    Unless I am mistaken, federal law regulates the sale of ammunition to young people. It bars licensed manufacturers or dealers from selling long gun ammunition to anyone who they believe is under age 18. Also they may not sell handgun ammunition to anyone they reasonably believe is under age 21 (18 USC § 922(b)(1))

    Some calibers of ammunition (such as .22RF) can be used in both rifles and handguns and are generally treated as handgun ammunition.

    However -- I have never taken the bar exam and I am not an Attorney.
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Ditto what he said...check out your state's gun laws and laws regarding the sale of ammunition. If you can't find anything, call a local gunshop, they'll know.
     
  4. remington7mm

    remington7mm New Member

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    thanks i know i can buy any rifel ammo, but i heard i cant buy 22 ammo because its used in hand guns aswell? well i guess ill just have to buy the gun and find out, if not i know a bunch of people that are 21 that can grab it for me. because through the grape vine i can have the gun and ammo but cant buy it seems weird!
     
  5. wb_carpenter

    wb_carpenter New Member

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    I know at walmart they just ask you is the .22 ammo for a pistol or rifle so try them out.
     
  6. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    You could probably do the research as easily as anyone could for you.
     
  7. PTsouthpaw

    PTsouthpaw New Member

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    I have had this same experience (in VT). I was confused as to why I was asked at the time, but I figured it out eventually (I was 21 when this happened, apparently I looked all of 18 but not 21)
     
  8. c3shooter

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    FEDERAL law requires 18 for long gun ammo, 21 for handgun ammo- HOWEVER, multi use ammo (the ATF standards list 22 rimfire by name) CAN be sold to an 18 yr old IF it is for use in a long gun. When I was 20, I was buying .44 mag ammo- because I had a 44 mag carbine. That is why the folks at WallyWorld asked what it was for- if you say handgun, then they will want age 21 ID. 18 yr old wants 22 LR for their Ruger 10/22- yes. For a Ruger Mk III pistol- no. Which makes NO friken sense, but I did not write this crap. from 18 USC 922

    (x)(1) It shall be unlawful for a person to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer to a person who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe is a juvenile - (A) a handgun; or (B) ammunition that is suitable for use only in a handgun.
     
  9. Jake15

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    Well, I don't know about other places but the wal-marts down here in mississippi will let you buy rifle ammo at 16, that probably has something to do with geography though cause most of the ammo sold down here gets used up on hunting or sick animals, and a little bit of it to see who's the better shot
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Personally, I would not buy ammo for someone who can't legally buy it for themselves. Also, I believe here in Illinois you must be 21 to buy a handgun. You can buy a rifle at 18, though.
     
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  11. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    Same at Walmarts here in Michigan too-"is this for a handgun or rifle?"And I am 30 and look it.I usually just said handgun,but really my answer is "both" since I have a rifle in .22 also.
     
  12. c3shooter

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    Winds, Jake- please read what I posted. That is the FEDERAL law which applies everywhere in the US. That is also the law that a DEALER is licensed under. If a DEALER (including WalMart) gets caught selling any ammo to a 16 yr old, the BATFE will take their license in a heartbeat. No geography to it.
     
  13. remington7mm

    remington7mm New Member

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    so it looks like i can buy 22lr's. these laws are weird in illinois. its like the pistol law, i can posses a pistol at 18,im 19 but cant purchess through a ffl? that stupid.
     
  14. Ubergopher

    Ubergopher New Member

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    The handgun law is a federal law, not state.
     
  15. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills New Member

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    I remember buying .45 acp, 9mm and 22 when I was 18. Of course that was for my Thompson, Uzi & 10-22. So far as I know the law in AZ hasn't changed
     
  16. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    and you may also buy a handgun from a private individual at 18.
     
  17. remington7mm

    remington7mm New Member

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    thats what i mean by the pistol law just doesnt make any sence to me other then the fact that its really easy to concel(sp?)