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10-03-2009, 7:08 AM
Is there any limit to the amount of ammo I can store in my home.

10-03-2009, 7:12 AM
How strong are your floor joists?

10-03-2009, 7:20 AM
No laws that limit the amount?

10-03-2009, 7:21 AM
Only sucks for firemen!

10-03-2009, 7:35 AM
Not yet but I'm sure our esteemed legislature is cooking something up as we speak.

The Director
10-03-2009, 7:38 AM
No laws that limit the amount?

No. Knock yourself out.

10-03-2009, 7:41 AM
You're only limited by the size of your wallet.

10-03-2009, 8:57 AM
Check your local muni codes just to be sure.

10-03-2009, 9:01 AM
Check your local muni codes just to be sure.

Good advise! There is no state or federal law but, there could be some stupid local ordinance.

10-03-2009, 10:06 AM

10-03-2009, 10:13 AM

I happen to know this person a little. I believe he has or had a 07FFL and a permit to store up to 200lbs (I think) of POWDER at his location. There is no permit for ammo storage (yet) though. The press just doesn't have a clue. Niether did the LAFD since they felt they needed bullet proof vests to protect them from loose rounds popping off. They must have watched the same old B westerns that I did as a kid.

10-03-2009, 10:23 AM

10-03-2009, 10:49 AM
How strong are your floor joists?

yea i guess the limit is the volume of the container

10-03-2009, 2:08 PM
Check your homeowners too... some insurance carriers place a limit on the maximum amount of loaded ammo you can have at your residence for them to honor the policy in the event of a claim. If you exceed that amount and something were to happen (fire, etc) they could possibly deny your insurance claim.

So how much powder can a person have before a permit is needed? I am thinking I am not going to like the answer.

Take care,Stan

Powder is specifically mentioned in the state fire codes; the summary is no more than 50lbs smokeless powder / 10K primers at a residence. Quantities of 0-20 lbs smokeless powder may be stored in the original containers. Quantities of 20 lbs or greater must be stored in special containers (a "powder magazine") and the containers must be made from 1" thick minimum wood. No more than 25 lbs powder per container (so 2 containers total.) IIRC the limit for black powder is much lower, around 5 lbs.

Here's the old thread where we discussed it, there are both CA fire codes and CA Health and Safety regs at play here...

Again, this is at a state level; there may be additional county or city ordinances on top of that. The quantities I posted above may actually be the maximum quantities you can have at a residence with a special permit.