Tannerite appears illegal in Oregon, Washington
I guess I’ll have to go on a crusade and find the state laws which appear to prohibit Tannerite from being possessed in various states. I was prompted to look into Oregon by DoubleTapDrew’s assertion:
It’s legal. They need a centerfire round to be set off so I don’t think it’s much of a concern to the ATF. It’s not like someone will bring a few pounds of the stuff on an airplane then pull out an AK-47 to set it off.
Here is Oregon, chapter and verse:
Ry Jones here, Assistant Director of the Boomershoot. The ATFE definition of explosive does not include the detonation method; that an explosive is or is not impact sensitive does not matter when it comes to laying out rules for handling, transport, or storage. For that matter, it doesn’t matter when it comes to prosecution, either.
Please choose your battles with the ATFE wisely. If you want to read the “bible” of federal explosives law, read the Orange Book. DoubleTapDrew, you’re from Oregon; here is what appears to be the law that applies:
480.210 Certificate of possession required; exceptions; display of certificate upon demand; defenses.
(1) A person may not possess an explosive unless:
(a) The person has in immediate possession at all times during the possession of the explosive a valid certificate of possession issued to the person under ORS 480.235; or
(b) The person is licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be a manufacturer of explosives, a dealer in explosives or the authorized agent of such a manufacturer or dealer.
(2) A person in possession of an explosive shall display a certificate of possession upon the demand of the issuing authority, a magistrate or a law enforcement agency, public fire department or fire protection agency of this state.
(3) It is a defense to a charge under subsection (1) of this section that the person so charged produce in court:
(a) A certificate described in subsection (1)(a) of this section that was valid at the time of the arrest of the person; or
(b) Proof that the person is licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to be a manufacturer of explosives, a dealer in explosives, or the authorized agent of such a manufacturer or dealer. [1971 c.518 §3; 1999 c.980 §3; 2007 c.71 §159]
I don’t know how a plain reading of the law squares with your statement that “it’s legal”. Yes, if you have an ATFE license, it is legal. As I said on my blog, those $295 DIAS in Shotgun News are legal, too.
I already linked to Washington law in my previous post.