We’re From the Government, And We’re Here to Help

Joe Huffman has a rather amusing tale of his struggle to get his explosives license renewed. The punchline here is:

So the bottom line is that if I remove the doors from the shed I can store 18,000 pounds of explosives. If I put the doors on I can only store 50 pounds. It doesn’t have to make sense. It’s just a government rule.

Makes sense to me!

8 thoughts on “We’re From the Government, And We’re Here to Help”

    1. What about the doors on the flying 4×4? What if you get hit by one of those?

  1. Good luck on actually storing 18,000 pounds of explosives with no doors! I’m sure alot of it will sprout legs and walk away!

    Can even the govt really be that stupid?
    (yes, that was rhetorical)

  2. As I understand it: the magazine is the heavy steel box inside the shed. Since it is inside a building (the shed), it is an indoor magazine.

    What if you designated the shed itself as the magazine, with the steel box being inside the magazine? My gun safe has compartments inside it and they don’t count as magazines inside an outer room. Obviously you would only store ammo and explosives inside the steel box, but you could always leave a box of 50 .22LR outside the steel box but within the shed if necessary to qualify the shed as the magazine.

    Or what if you lowered the height of the shed such that you couldn’t walk upright in it? Would that transform it into a non-building?

  3. The outer shed would not become a magazine by storing some ammo in it. It becomes a magazine by meeting the theft and bullet resistance requirements of the ATF. That means (as one option) 5/8″ steel plate for all sides and the roof.

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