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lordres
12-15-2012, 12:33 AM
I was asked this by a friend interested in this Evanix Conquest air rifle.
http://youtu.be/r0Gjnbzy4WA
Feels like a waste of money to me, but I'm curious about the legality.

Hogstir
12-15-2012, 6:46 AM
as airguns are not firearms ATF and DOJ have no interest in them. There are local regulations but as far as state there don't appear to be any. A lot of them even have built in suppressors. You can even hunt Turkey with them in Ca.

Quiet
12-15-2012, 6:58 AM
Under CA state laws...
Airguns/BB guns/pellet guns are considered BB devices. [PC 16250]

BB devices are also considered imitation firearms [PC 16700].

It is not legal to openly display or carry an imitation firearm in public. [PC 20170(a)]
But, there are a few exemptions to that. [PC 20175]

There also may be local (county/city) ordinances that further regulate ariguns.


Penal Code 16250
As used in this part, "BB device" means any instrument that expels a projectile, such as a BB or a pellet, not exceeding 6mm caliber, through the force of air pressure, gas pressure, or spring action, or any spot marker gun.

Penal Code 16700
(a) As used in this part, "imitation firearm" means any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm.

Penal Code 20170
(a) No person may openly display or expose any imitation firearm in a public place.
(b) As used in this section, "public place" means an area open to the public and includes any of the following:
(1) A street.
(2) A sidewalk.
(3) A bridge.
(4) An alley.
(5) A plaza.
(6) A park.
(7) A driveway.
(8) A front yard.
(9) A parking lot.
(10) An automobile, whether moving or not.
(11) A building open to the general public, including one that serves food or drink, or provides entertainment.
(12) A doorway or entrance to a building or dwelling.
(13) A public school.
(14) A public or private college or university.

Penal Code 20175
Section 20170 does not apply in any of the following circumstances:
(a) The imitation firearm is packaged or concealed so that it is not subject to public viewing.
(b) The imitation firearm is displayed or exposed in the course of commerce, including a commercial film or video production, or for service, repair, or restoration of the imitation firearm.
(c) The imitation firearm is used in a theatrical production, a motion picture, video, television, or stage production.
(d) The imitation firearm is used in conjunction with a certified or regulated sporting event or competition.
(e) The imitation firearm is used in conjunction with lawful hunting, or a lawful pest control activity.
(f) The imitation firearm is used or possessed at a certified or regulated public or private shooting range.
(g) The imitation firearm is used at a fair, exhibition, exposition, or other similar activity for which a permit has been obtained from a local or state government.
(h) The imitation firearm is used in a military, civil defense, or civic activity, including a flag ceremony, color guard, parade, award presentation, historical reenactment, or memorial.
(i) The imitation firearm is used for a public display authorized by a public or private school or a display that is part of a museum collection.
(j) The imitation firearm is used in a parade, ceremony, or other similar activity for which a permit has been obtained from a local or state government.
(k) The imitation firearm is displayed on a wall plaque or in a presentation case.
(l) The imitation firearm is used in an area where the discharge of a firearm is lawful.
(m) The entire exterior surface of the imitation firearm is white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern, or the entire device is constructed of transparent or translucent material that permits unmistakable observation of the device's complete contents. Merely having an orange tip as provided in federal law and regulations does not satisfy this requirement. The entire surface must be colored or transparent or translucent.

Penal Code 20180
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), violation of Section 20170 is an infraction punishable by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100) for the first offense, and three hundred dollars ($300) for a second offense.
(b) A third or subsequent violation of Section 20170 is punishable as a misdemeanor.
(c) Nothing in Section 20170, 20175, or this section shall be construed to preclude prosecution for a violation of Section 171b, 171.5, or 626.10.

psssniper
12-15-2012, 7:10 AM
This makes me smile :D

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donw
12-15-2012, 7:29 AM
you may use only .20 cal or larger to hunt turkey with...

sauer
12-15-2012, 8:00 AM
ORDINANCE NO. 514
(AS AMENDED THROUGH 514.10)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE AMENDING ORDINANCE
NO. 514 REGULATING THE USE AND DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside ordains as Follows:

Section 1. For the purpose of this ordinance, the following words are defined and
shall be construed as having the following meanings:

FIREARM. The word "firearm" as used herein includes the following: cannon, gun,
pistol, revolver, automatic pistol, rifle, shotgun, air gun, pellet gun and any other
weapon designed to discharge one or more projectiles propelled by the expansion of
gas.

12voltguy
12-15-2012, 9:02 AM
This makes me smile :D

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got around 300,000 bbs through mine
funnest gun I own
running co2, so likely 600fps or less on mine, need to get out chrono;)

acourvil
12-15-2012, 7:08 PM
you may use only .20 cal or larger to hunt turkey with...

They changed that to .177, so pretty much any air powered pellet gun is allowed. But personally I wouldn't use smaller than .22 for turkey.

psssniper
12-15-2012, 8:08 PM
Just got a new circuit board installed in my blackbird, burst settings of 1-10 and full auto, full auto settings are settings are 400-600-800-1200-1400-2000 rounds per min, solenoid dwell time is also adjustable. running a big tank at 3000 psi with a remote hose. I agree, this is a fun little gun to play with.

12voltguy
12-15-2012, 8:43 PM
Just got a new circuit board installed in my blackbird, burst settings of 1-10 and full auto, full auto settings are settings are 400-600-800-1200-1400-2000 rounds per min, solenoid dwell time is also adjustable. running a big tank at 3000 psi with a remote hose. I agree, this is a fun little gun to play with.

who did the board?

would love to upgrade from 1200 rpm :D

psssniper
12-15-2012, 9:00 PM
There's one made by a guy named Sergey in Russia and another, some would say a clone, made by a guy in Canada named Mervyn. Sergey's is $130 shipped from Russia and Mervyn's was $80 shipped on black friday now $100 shipped. Mervyns is undergoing reprogramming of the chip and I am expecting an updated board sometime soon. Installation is fairly easy IF you have some basic skills. This forum (http://bb.bbboy.net/straferbbmachinegunownersgroup-viewforum?forum=10) has a lot of info on the blackbirds.

The Wingnut
12-15-2012, 11:08 PM
Belt-fed, .22 caliber full-auto 600 fpm Cali-legal goodness:

UbOCyMEFhyo

It's around $600. There's a speed loader for the belt that's much more effective.

12voltguy
12-16-2012, 9:29 AM
There's one made by a guy named Sergey in Russia and another, some would say a clone, made by a guy in Canada named Mervyn. Sergey's is $130 shipped from Russia and Mervyn's was $80 shipped on black friday now $100 shipped. Mervyns is undergoing reprogramming of the chip and I am expecting an updated board sometime soon. Installation is fairly easy IF you have some basic skills. This forum (http://bb.bbboy.net/straferbbmachinegunownersgroup-viewforum?forum=10) has a lot of info on the blackbirds.

thx
found that last night, had to dig up links
not been there since I got my new chipped board fixed
smoked some diods rxtending wires for bigger battery
going to get the $130 board and hopper motor & go 18v
they are out of the $10 hopper motor though:chris:

Bunsen
12-16-2012, 9:33 AM
Looks like a lot of fun to me.

12voltguy
12-16-2012, 9:34 AM
Belt-fed, .22 caliber full-auto 600 fpm Cali-legal goodness:

UbOCyMEFhyo

It's around $600. There's a speed loader for the belt that's much more effective.



I saw no speed in that loader:D
I can dump 930 bbs in hopper in 5 seconds or less;)