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    Default Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    My brother recently told me that BB guns can't be purchased in Philly, or ordered online and shipped to Philly. Is this true? I can't seem to find a definitive answer on the web. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    Quote below is from Philly code posted online. Bold emphasis added by me.

    § 10-810. Weapons and Dangerous Devices.
    (1) Discharging Firearms. 210 No person shall fire or discharge recklessly and without reasonable cause any rifle, gun, pistol, or other firearm.
    (2) Water Pistols, Electric Canes, and Miniature Cannon. 211
    (a) No one shall sell or offer for sale water pistols, electric canes, miniature cannon, or similar articles. 212
    (b) No one shall use water pistols, electric canes, miniature cannon or similar articles in any street or public place.
    (3) Spring Guns, Air Guns and Bows and Arrows. 213
    (a) No person shall sell, offer for sale at retail, or use, or possess with intent to use, any air gun, spring gun, or any implement not a firearm which forcefully impels a pellet of any kind.

    (b) No person shall sell, or offer for sale, at retail, any bow and arrow, to any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years unless the seller first obtains written evidence of parental consent to the proposed purchase by the minor. 214
    (4) Toy or Imitation Firearms. 215
    (a) No person shall sell or offer to sell, possess or use or attempt to use or give away, any toy or imitation firearm which substantially duplicates or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm unless:
    (.1) The entire exterior surface of such toy or imitation firearm is colored white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright blue, bright pink or bright purple, either singly or as the predominant color in combination with other colors in any pattern; or
    (.2) Such toy or imitation firearm is constructed entirely of transparent or translucent materials which permits unmistakable observation of the imitation or toy firearm's complete contents; and
    (.a) The barrel of such toy or imitation firearm, other than the barrel of any such toy or imitation firearm that is a water gun, is closed with a blaze orange plug, permanently affixed, of the same material of which the toy or imitation firearm is made, for a distance of not less than one-half inch from the front end of said barrel; and
    (.b) Such toy or imitation firearm has legibly stamped thereon, the name of the manufacturer or some trade name, mark or brand by which the manufacturer can be readily identified; and
    (.c) Such toy or imitation firearm 216 does not have a laser pointer attached.
    (b) The provisions of § 10-810(8)(a) shall not apply to:
    (.1) The possession or display of toy or imitation firearms by a manufacturer or dealer solely for purposes of sales that are accompanied by delivery to a point outside of the City;
    (.2) Any toy or imitation firearm that will be used only for or in the production of television programs or theatrical or motion picture presentations, provided, however, that such use of any toy or imitation firearm complies with all applicable laws, rules or regulations concerning request and receipt of waivers authorizing such use;
    (.3) Non-firing collector replica antique firearms, which look authentic and may be scale models, but are not intended as toys and are modeled on real firearms, designed, manufactured and produced prior to 1898;
    (.4) Decorative, ornamental, and miniature objects having the appearance, shape or configuration of a firearm, including those intended to be displayed on a desk or worn as jewelry or on key chains, provided that the object measures no more than thirty-eight (38) millimeters in height or eighty (80) millimeters in length.

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    You'll shoot your eye out!
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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    Thanks for the info. With silly Philly, I should have known it was true. No water pistols either??!! They will give you a LTCF but won't let you use a BB/Pellet gun for recreation.....sheesh. I wonder why this doesn't fall under state law preemption. I guess it's a lost cause here

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tmygun View Post
    They will give you a LTCF but won't let you use a BB/Pellet gun for recreation.....sheesh.
    Don't get me started on Philly's knife laws...

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    Quote Originally Posted by gnbrotz View Post
    Quote below is from Philly code posted online. Bold emphasis added by me.
    a) No one shall sell or offer for sale water pistols, electric canes, miniature cannon, or similar articles. 212
    b) No one shall use water pistols, electric canes, miniature cannon or similar articles in any street or public place.
    Sooo Full size cannon are ok?

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosco the Iroc View Post
    Sooo Full size cannon are ok?
    Actually, one could argue that both "Miniature" and full-size are covered under preemption, as they expel a projectile by force of an explosion.

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    Then the cops need to arrest those guys carrying muskets you see outside of Independence hall

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    Default Re: Are BB guns permitted to be shipped to and used in Philadelphia?

    They also carry illegal bayonets.

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