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(CA) Is there a limit to how much ammo a citizen can have?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by silverlance, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. silverlance

    silverlance Well-Known Member

    Is there a legal limit to the amount of ammo a citizen can store at his home?
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Well-Known Member

    Only if the local media (or neighbors) find out about your "military arsenal"...:rolleyes:
  3. carpediem

    carpediem Well-Known Member

    I don't think there's a state limit

    There might be city or county ordinances

    A large enough quantity of powder and primers might fall under dangerous materials or explosive laws if you reload
  4. 45R

    45R Well-Known Member

    2 Bricks of .22LR = Ammo Cache...
  5. benewton

    benewton Well-Known Member

    Well, the house is something like 24x32...
  6. perpster

    perpster Well-Known Member

    Probably not yet, but the handwriting is on the wall.:barf:
  7. tube_ee

    tube_ee Well-Known Member


    No. For black powder, there is an amount above which you must store in a magazine... ditto for ammonium perchlorate (rocket fuel), but for smokeless powder or ammo loaded with same... no.

    Check local fire codes to be certain, but statewide, there's no "maximum of X rounds" type of limit.

  8. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam


    Well, no, not yet, but give the leftist extremists another year or two.
  9. davhina

    davhina Well-Known Member

    I hope not:evil:
  10. moparguy

    moparguy Member

    i remember back in the clinton era they tried to make anything more than 1k rounds was a arsenal and you had to have permits. it didnt pass though. I would have violated that rule many times over.
  11. Creeping Incrementalism

    Creeping Incrementalism Well-Known Member

    There is actually a limit for smokeless powder in the fire codes. In my opinion, the law is BS, but there is a good side in that, if you have that much powder, you need to call in sick and start loading some ammo.

    But as for loaded ammunition, there is no limit.
  12. Springer_Fan

    Springer_Fan Member

    I heard on CNN this morning that firefighters and emergency personnel responding to a call outside LA found an estimated 1 MILLION rounds in the house they went to.

  13. MikeyLikesIt

    MikeyLikesIt Active Member

  14. Birukun

    Birukun Well-Known Member


    "ammunition for shotguns, small handguns and assault rifles" What, no hunting rifle ammunition? Hunters, beware!

    "Last April, authorities said they found more than 1,300 weapons and 89,000 rounds of ammunition from the San Bernardino County home of a man who claimed to belong to a militant group with aims to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Robert Ferro of Upland faces counts of unlawfully owning and failing to register guns."

    And they say we don't have registration. Unless they were those evil looking ones of course...... :rolleyes:

    So possession of at least 89,000 rounds is OK, lets see what this new case plays out at....

    Bill in SD
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2007
  15. CU74

    CU74 Well-Known Member

    Oh, S**t! I've been discovered!

    When I first looked at that picture, I thought somebody with a camera had been out in my shop:what: . But a closer look reassured me - my upright tool box is red, not gray................:) .
  16. longeyes

    longeyes member

    a million rounds?

    Either this guy's a re-loading fiend or he's dang rich.
  17. silverlance

    silverlance Well-Known Member

    well guys if you think about it 1,000,000 rounds isnt' so hard if you buy a lot of milsurp, especially if you bought during the years when milsurp was REALLY cheap.

    I remember 900rnds of surplus (donj't remember which caliber) going for $45. if we round up to 1k for $50, then we do the math:

    1000000 / 1000 = 1000
    1000 x 50 = 50,000

    and, if shipped, $10 per crate = 1000 x 10 = 10000

    so, $50,000 if bought cash at gun shows
    $60,000 if bought via mail / net.

    That's a million rounds of ammo in sealed cans inside nice wooden crates.

    If I had the money, I would do the same, and wager that my $60K in ammo would appreciate much more than the same amount in mutual funds or CDs over 3 years.
  18. thexrayboy

    thexrayboy Well-Known Member

    There is no law limiting the number of rounds of ammunition you can own.
    Unfortunately ********** has plenty of unwritten laws, like if you have more guns and ammo than the average wussy feels comfortable with (insert any number between 0 and 1 here) you are a menace and must be locked up for the safety of society. But if you are a gangbangin minority this unwritten law does not apply to you.

    Calling governor moonbeam, calling governor moonbeam, come in please.
    Poor **********, such a climatologic & geologic wonder. Too bad it is so totally retarded from a sociopolitical standpoint.
  19. LawBot5000

    LawBot5000 Well-Known Member

    So far I am not finding anything in federal or state courts beyond felon in possession cases or people violating probation by possessing ammo. As far as I know, something that is legal to do in one instance is legal to do in a million instances and ammunition isnt an exception per se.

    edit: tried under hazard, negligence, nuisance, amount, arsenal, stockpile, etc, etc and still nothing

    edit 2: found this gem, proving once again that torts does indeed have the sexiest fact patterns

    This was a product liability case. The guy lost, presumably because he was a complete dumbass. The rifle in question was a benchrest rifle with a VERY light trigger.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2007
  20. FourTeeFive

    FourTeeFive Well-Known Member

    Too much ammo = insanity in CA?

    From the article:

    "No arrests had been made. The man, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital where he will receive a psychological evaluation, Zamora said."

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