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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 03-29-2019, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Gun powder

One of my buddies told me that you are only allowed to have 50 lbs. of gun powder in your home according to the law. Is there any truth to this? Thanks.
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The BOCA code spells that out. Many municipalities comply with the BOCA code, but not all. You need to find out what your municipality requires. However, I do believe enforcement is just about nil.

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Curious as to how the Gov't can tell you how much of a legal product you can buy. Like NYC makes it illegal to sell large soft drinks.
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my question is why would you have 50 pounds of gun powder in your home? the danger of a fire would keep me from having that much in one place. unless you have a fireproof vault to store it in you might want to remove it from the house.
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If you load for a lot of different calibers and shoot a lot, it's not impractical to first buy powder in 8-lb containers. Four of those and your at 32-lb. Add in 8 or 9....let's round to 10 1-lb containers and you're now at 42-lb. Add in some old powders that you tried and they didn't work.......it's easy to get to that amount.

OTOH, my local gun shop has probably 300-lbs and he hasn't blow up yet.
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Black powder has restrictions on how much you can have (even shops have special containers and it's limited) because it's explosive.


Rifle, pistol shotgun powder burns it doesn't blow up so it's not dangerous at all. I have hundreds of pounds of it.
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Black powder is an "explosive." Modern powders are classified as "propellants".
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I have a good amount of powder and never heard of that you could only have 50lbs.. Unless it has changed my local gun dealer told me he could only have 25 lbs. of black powder on hand but I could have as much as I wanted ,, no law against it.
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my question is why would you have 50 pounds of gun powder in your home? the danger of a fire would keep me from having that much in one place. unless you have a fireproof vault to store it in you might want to remove it from the house.

You have a lot of more dangerous items in your house than smokeless powder.
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I remember when I was moving into my new home my insurance agent came over to check out the place. He spied my reloading equip. and was "curious" how much powder I had. When he saw that I only keep about 8lbs on hand at any given time he was not concerned.
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