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Not until you buy the components to shoot it-powder, lead balls, etc. It's a real quirk in firearms law.
 

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Yup, it's legal as long as he doesn't have the power and ball for it. One could argue just the powder would make it illegal as anything, a battery, BBS, nails or any number of objects found about the house could be loaded and fired out of it.
On another note. In the future I wouldn't go stating that your friend might be doing something illegal on the internet. You never know who is reading. Just simply ask if a license is needed to own a flintlock pistol. Their is no need to imply that anyone has one.
 

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Suffolk Pistol section told me years ago that Primers and powder is OK, just NOT the lead balls with them...
 

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Parashooter said:
Suffolk Pistol section told me years ago that Primers and powder is OK, just NOT the lead balls with them...
I'd still be nervous unless I got it in witting. It's been a while since I read the actual law but it reads something like "possess the materials necessary to load". It's something a prosecutor can try and twist around. Theoretically if you have a flintlock pistol you could load it by taking any bullet apart, pouring the powder down the barrel and into the pan then loading it with some power towel for wadding and any number of household objects as a projectile.
 

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foxfire said:
So if you have a pistol license could you fire it or does it have to be added to your license.
Once one posesses all of the components to make it fire, it must be listed on one's pistol license.
 
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