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    Air Gun Laws

    Im 13, and planning on purchasing an Air gun, either pellet or BB. I want to know, what is the maximum fps (feet per second) before its considered a real gun? Another question, are you allowed to shoot your under the maximum fps BB or pellet gun in your back yard where noone can get shot? And if you have a licence are you allowed to shoot your over maximum fps gun in your back yard?

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    Illegal for you to purchase one in my state at 13.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gs94 View Post
    Im 13, and planning on purchasing an Air gun, either pellet or BB. I want to know, what is the maximum fps (feet per second) before its considered a real gun? Another question, are you allowed to shoot your under the maximum fps BB or pellet gun in your back yard where noone can get shot? And if you have a licence are you allowed to shoot your over maximum fps gun in your back yard?
    It depends on what state you live in.

    In Connecticut, your parents can buy you a BB gun and you can shoot it on their property. If your parents are responsible they will ensure you learn proper gun safety before letting you handle the gun, and they will be present when you shoot.

    If you carry the gun off your parents' property you can be charged with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, which is a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

    The muzzle velocity of the BB gun is irrelevant. As long as it is using compressed air to fire its projectile the velocity at which the projectile leaves the barrel doesn't matter.
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    IMHO, parents who allow a juvenile to have access to a bb/pellet gun without any direct adult supervision should plan NOW for the future visit by the police.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobrien316 View Post
    It depends on what state you live in.

    In Connecticut, your parents can buy you a BB gun and you can shoot it on their property. If your parents are responsible they will ensure you learn proper gun safety before letting you handle the gun, and they will be present when you shoot.

    If you carry the gun off your parents' property you can be charged with Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, which is a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

    The muzzle velocity of the BB gun is irrelevant. As long as it is using compressed air to fire its projectile the velocity at which the projectile leaves the barrel doesn't matter.
    Same in Washington, you can be charged with Unlawful Display of a Deadly Weapon if you are walking down the street with it. It can also be Unlawful Possession of a Deadly weapon simply for having it somewhere you shouldn't.

    Here you probably aren't going to do much "hard time" as a juvenile, but it's never fun to have a felony gun crime on your record.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobrien316 View Post
    It depends on what state you live in.
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    The muzzle velocity of the BB gun is irrelevant. As long as it is using compressed air to fire its projectile the velocity at which the projectile leaves the barrel doesn't matter.
    Again, it depends on the state.
    For IL anything that fires larger than .18" projectile over 700 fps. So some .20 and .22 cal pellet guns would be classified as a firearm.
    (430 ILCS 65/1.1)
    "Firearm" means any device, by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, expansion of gas or escape of gas; excluding, however:
    (1) any pneumatic gun, spring gun, paint ball gun or B‑B gun which either expels a single globular projectile not exceeding .18 inch in diameter and which has a maximum muzzle velocity of less than 700 feet per second
    183 FBINA

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    Quote Originally Posted by gs94 View Post
    Im 13, and planning on purchasing an Air gun, either pellet or BB. I want to know, what is the maximum fps (feet per second) before its considered a real gun? Another question, are you allowed to shoot your under the maximum fps BB or pellet gun in your back yard where noone can get shot? And if you have a licence are you allowed to shoot your over maximum fps gun in your back yard?


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