Answer: NO. The term “firearm” is defined in the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. Section 921(a)(3), to include “(A) any weapon (including a starter gun), which will, or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon….” Based on Section 921(a)(3), air guns, because they use compressed air and not an explosive to expel a projectile, do not constitute firearms under Federal law — unless they are manufactured with the frames or receivers of an actual firearm. Accordingly, the domestic sale and possession of air guns is normally unregulated under the Federal firearms laws enforced by ATF.
We caution that ATF is not charged with enforcement or oversight of the firearms laws of States or localities. To determine possible restrictions on air guns where you reside, we recommend that you contact the office of your state Attorney General, the State Police, or other State/local law enforcement authorities for further guidance.
NOTE of Caution:In some U.S. States it is a crime, (a Felony) offense to allow a child under the age of 16 years to possess, handle or operate ANY pneumatic weapon, pistol or rifle. This includes .22 calibre lead pellet and .177 Calibre steel BBs’, “unsupervised” by persons of the age 18 or older, depending on the laws of your State. This means YOU could be arrested and charged with a Felony, and possibly charged with ‘endangering the welfare of a minor/child’ for allowing ANY child under 16 years of age to use any airgun Un-Supervised by an Adult! READ CAREFULLY the laws of YOUR State!
We will try to provide individual State listings of Airgun laws currently in effect by State, however it may NOT be possible to list ALL LAWS & ORDINANCES by individual city & town. Some localities have their own public laws and ordinances regarding the possession and/or use of airguns of all types, including paintball guns!
There’s an upside to this , however! READ THIS SECTION:
The law is United States Code, Title 15, Section 5001, BB/AIRGUN/PAINTBALL/IMITATION FIREARM PREEMPTION. The sections of interest to us are Sections “g(i) and g(ii)” at the very end. Read their very clear language and leap for joy:
“(g) Preemption of State or local laws or ordinances; exceptions
The provisions of this section shall supersede any provisions of State or local laws or ordinances which provide for markings or identifications inconsistent with provisions of this section provided that no State shall
(i) prohibit the sale or manufacture of any look-alike, non-firing, collector replica of an antique firearms developed prior to 1898, or
(ii) prohibit the sale (other than prohibiting the sale to minors) of traditional B-B, paint ball, or pellet-firing air guns that expel a projectile through the force of air pressure.“
NO STATE SHALL !
A Postive note for all ANTI-anti-gun-control activists. After all: ‘guns don’t hurt people, people hurt people’. Pretty simple really, I mean, do knives cut people?