Know Your Ammo – Virginia

There are so many varieties of ammunition on the market today, but not every type is perceived the same in the eyes of the law. Watch Independent Program Attorney Ed Riley explain how the type of ammo you use could affect you.  

Ed Riley: Hi, Ed Riley, U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney for Virginia. In this segment, we are going to discuss ammunition. Here are a view key points we want you to know about ammunition. Number one, if you cannot possess a firearm, most likely you cannot possess ammunition. A couple of examples would be, if you’re a felon or if you have been adjudicated mentally defective, or you’re a fugitive from justice. There are many others to consider, but if you can’t possess a firearm then the odds are very good you can’t possess ammunition.

Number two, as to the specifics of the ammunition, most of you LawShield members are buying ammunition from the same place you are buying most of your guns, which are big stores or federal licensed firearms dealers. So the odds of them selling ammunition that is not legal is pretty slim.

However, number three, under federal law, if you turn to 18 USC 921 it criminalizes armor-piercing shells or projectiles for handguns. Turning to Virginia law, Virginia code sec 18.2-308.3 criminalizes what is referred to as “restricted firearm ammunition.” For most of you watching, your ammunition is not going to be a problem because you are purchasing that ammunition from a federally licensed firearms dealer. The odds of them selling illegal ammunition is pretty remote. However, from those of you that are getting your ammunition from another source or making it yourself need to pay particular attention to these two code sections because they are very detailed about what’s illegal and what you can and can’t use in not only the federal arena but also the state of Virginia.

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