The sale and purchase of ammunition are regulated by the State of Pennsylvania, which encompasses all ammunition going in and out of the state. It is regulated directly by the State and all requirements must be State Rules and Regulations. Ammunition for Philadelphia guns is readily available for any lawful weapon that is on the market. However, individuals must adhere to the rules.
If you were accused of an ammunition or other weapons violation, you should seek the services of an experienced attorney. Local judges and prosecutors take these charges very seriously, and a conviction could have devastating consequences. Let a skilled criminal defense lawyer help with your defense.
Individuals may only legally possess ammunition if they have a lawful right to have a firearm and the firearm was legally purchased. However, they only have the right to purchase ammunition that is also registered in the State of Pennsylvania and is federally registered to be legal. Ammunition that is illegal under state and/or federal law will not be included.
Under the law, ammunition can be anything that helps modify a firearm as well as being expelled from a firearm. Ammunition (“ammo”) can include silencers, devices used to make single shooters into multiple shooters, cassettes, and/or cartridges. Ammunition, if unlawfully possessed, can be charged as possession of a weapon, a felony charge.
Additionally, many other charges can flow contemporaneously with a violation of the Uniform Firearms Act. When dealing with ammunition and modification items, it must be understood that the ammunition is only lawful when the individual has a lawful right to have the firearm in the first place.
Ammunition must be purchased from a legally registered location in the City and County of Philadelphia or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These are the most monitored means that ammunition is legally purchased in the City and County of Philadelphia. That is not to say that individuals do not simply borrow ammunition from one another. However, when dealing with the law and legal possession of ammunition, individuals should only purchase the ammunition in the City and County of Philadelphia from local gun ranges, gun stores, or other businesses which have the required licensing and federal allowance to sell such ammunition for whatever firearm the individual is attempting to use and/or collect.
Not all ammunition will be available to legal gun owners in the State of Pennsylvania and/or City and County of Philadelphia. Restricted ammunition, as defined by federal law (not state law) is ammunition that is for military purposes or under a federal statute has been made not available to the common consumer. Individuals who do not have the proper licensing to have such restricted ammunition simply cannot purchase it or be in possession of it. Military and/or police organizations are excluded from this.
The most common example of restricted ammunition would be for a tank and/or other mass weapons by the military. Obviously, that ammunition would not be legal in the hands of a general consumer. Licensing is required for restrictive ammunition at all times.
All restrictions for the transfer of large quantities and large capacity ammunition are guided by the federal government and the State of Pennsylvania. Firearms and ammunition cannot be transferred from a lawful person to an unlawful person unless all requirements are followed when doing such transfer. Those requirements are listed under state and/or federal gun laws dictated specifically by the location and amount that is being transferred.
Should an individual wish to transfer a firearm or ammunition from one lawful person to another, they must register it in the state that it is taking place and allow local authorities to be aware of the transfer. Additionally, when dealing with large amounts of ammunition being transferred from one location to another, often dealers and/or other legal business entities must be involved. It is simply unlawful for an individual to legally transfer large capacity weapons and/or ammunition for such weapons without the proper documentation and licensing to do so.
All violations of the Uniform Firearms Act are serious charges in Philadelphia and throughout the Commonwealth. Even if someone does not possess a firearm, ammunition for Philadelphia guns could constitute a violation in itself. For help facing these charges and crafting a solid defense, get in touch with a veteran gun lawyer.
David Clark Attorney at Law