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Quote of the Day: Caliber Compliance Edition

“In Washington, D.C., it is illegal to posses ammunition if you don’t have a gun registered. It is also unlawful to have ammo that is not in the same caliber or gauge as your legal gun. The penalty for holding a round of the wrong caliber is up to a year in jail — as stiff as the punishment for illegal gun possession” – Emily Miller    [h/t]


  1. avatar Sam says:

    Sure hope DC residents never mistakenly buy the wrong box at the store!

    1. avatar pastubbs says:

      What do you mean “mistakenly buy the wrong box” I buy ammo in calipers I don’t own all the time I may find a good deal on 12gauge one day and buy a few boxes. I don’t have a 12 gauge but my borther does I buy ammo fore him all the time. So your telling me that in DC that would get me 10 yrs.

  2. avatar Graybeard says:

    Exhibit #3,726,392,156,002 in the case of Government Stupidity V. Common Sense.

    1. avatar ready, fire,aim says:


  3. avatar Eric says:

    DC is the most militarized place I have ever visited. I felt completely un-trusted by any authority while there. Sadly it took me forty years to visit our nation’s capital and I’m not in a hurry to go back.

  4. avatar Ropingdown says:

    How would they handle the gauge-switching tubes for my Skeet guns? A license for each tube? I’m curious. They do not have a law against such tubes.

  5. avatar Elliotte says:

    So what about .357 revolvers? Will some mis-informed officer cause trouble for someone that has .38 ammo as well? What about .22 conversion kits for pistols/ARs? Do those require separate registration even though the serial number won’t be different? Can you get in trouble if you have .45 ammo but have the .22 kit on your 1911?

    1. avatar BLAMMO says:

      Reply from Representative Lardbutt:

      AAAAHHHHHHH!! Stop doing that!! My head hurts with all these details. You can’t expect us to think of everything. We’ll just figure out the rest as we go.

    2. avatar mondle says:

      I was wondering exactly this as I was reading. Also what about barrel switching guns like the T/C contender? do I need a permit for each barrel?

    3. avatar MadDawg J says:

      Why do you think you would even get a DC permit to buy any of those guns in the first place?

    4. avatar Gus says:

      What if you have an AR lower that’s stamped “Multi Cal” but you have a 5.56 upper and no 5.56 but you do have 300 rounds of 223 and a case of 5.45×39 for the next upper?

  6. avatar CarlosT says:

    Wow, I wonder if that’s for each round. If so, the brick of .22LR I have from when when we took a friend shooting would have gotten me 100 years. I don’t own a pistol in .22, but we rented one and when you rent, you have to buy some ammo at the same time. But my brother had a lot of left over .22 JHP he wanted to shoot, so we used that instead. So I’ve had those 100 rounds floating in my range bag for a good six months now. Another time I shot half a box of .45 and had the other half hanging around for a while. That would have been good for 25 years.


    1. avatar Zealot says:


      Nope “Common Sense”

      1. avatar CarlosT says:

        That makes it sound like you agree with DC.

        ETA: But then my coffee-deprived brain caught up with the scare quotes. My bad. Running of out caffeine sources is bad!

  7. avatar Mike OFWG says:

    D.C., what a puke hole. The place is a plantation, with the elite overseers and the field hands, courtesy of the progressives.

  8. avatar ST says:

    Washington, District of Communism

  9. avatar Mercutio says:

    Doesn’t surprise me. Here in Hawai’i, the law conflates guns and ammo. If you pull out a handful of change at the local 7-11 and there’s a .22 short in it, it’s the same penalty as if you waved an AK around.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      you pull out a handful of change at the local 7-11

      Don’t you mean the local ABC?

  10. avatar Mr. Lion says:

    Hmm.. utter stupidity detected.

    [ ] California [ ] New York [x] D.C.

    Yup. Everything’s normal.

    1. avatar Guywithagun says:

      Hmm.. utter stupidity detected.

      [x] California [x] New York [x] D.C.

      There. I fixed that for you.

      1. avatar ST says:

        [X] Chicago, Illinois

        1. avatar Totenglocke says:

          Don’t you mean Chicago, USSR?

        2. avatar Lolinski says:

          The USSR would probably have answered something like: “Even we are not THAT crazy!”

  11. avatar Matt in FL says:

    So, I’m going to the range on Sunday with my buddy, and I’m gonna shoot his AR, so I picked up a couple boxes of .223 so I’m not burning up his ammo. Guess I’d be boned in DC.

  12. avatar Tom says:

    It is also unlawful to have ammo that is not in the same caliber or gauge as your legal gun.
    So what is the point of this law?
    We used to have .410 rounds, but only because Grandfather had a Savage .22lr- .410 shotgun that Dad used so often.

  13. avatar MadDawg J says:

    “Bill 19-614 also amends D.C. Official Code § 7- 2506.01 to exempt from the prohibition against unregistered ammunition an individual who has lawfully registered a firearm in the District or who temporarily possesses ammunition while participating in a training and safety class.”

    From the bill introduced by Councilmember Phil Mendelson today.

    Also lessens many of the other requirements and flaming hoops you have to jump through.

  14. avatar GS650G says:

    Thank God they have these laws, someone might shove .22 ammo into their .45 and hurt themselves.

  15. avatar Aharon says:

    What happens if you don’t own a registered .22 gun and you get caught with a 500 round box of .22 bullets? Do you get put away for 500 years?

  16. avatar Kevin Highland says:

    Possession of Ammunition without Firearm Owners ID (FOID) is a crime in Illinois.

  17. avatar V says:

    Can you imagine the cost of owning a Sig 250?

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