This statute was passed back in the late 1990's when there was national furor over "Back Talon" ammunition. Black Talon ammo would kill anything that got within 30 feet of it. It was especially deadly to police officers and this ammo was manufactured and sold by people that hated cops and wanted everyone of them dead. Winchester eventually changed the name of this terrible invention and all the problems went away. This same ammo is still on the market under the "Ranger" name. Not all Ranger ammo is like "Black Talon" but some is. I think it is called Ranger T. I think everything would have been alright if they had named it "White Talon". Black Talon ammo was one of the first "high performance" hollowpoint ammos on the market. Its jacket would split open like a flower petal and was said to spin and cut like a saw. I think this is the type of ammo that is refered to as "flanged ammunition" in the statute. The statute is very poorly written and probably unenforceable since nobody knows what "flanged ammo" is. Years ago "flanged ammo" meant a rimless case with a narrow thickened "band" around the bottom just forward of the extraction groove. These "flanges" were put in place on the early Magnum rifle cartridges that were designed for big game hunting. Rimmed cartridges were becoming obsolete because the rims would block the next round in a magazine and prevented the use of staggered mags. As repeating weapons became more and more available rimless case became more popular. The purpose of the "flange" was to strengthen the base of these new more powerful cartridges and also to allow them to be used in double rifles. Rimless cartridges function well in bolt action rifles, but hunters of dangerous game did not want to be working a bolt or clearing a jamb with a wounded tiger bearing down on them, so doubles were still popular for that type of hunting and these hunters wanted to use the new powerful ammo. Without a rim the cartridge would fall down into the chamber of a double, like a 410 would do in a 12 guage double, so a "flange" was put around the base of the cartridge to prevent that from happening. Some example of flanged ammo is .375 Nitro Express, .333 Flanged Nitro Express and .375 Weatherby Magnum. In today's gun world this type of cartridge is called "belted". The previous usage causes confusion for us old folks. Flanged ammo is a meaningless term in my opinion, nobody knows what it means and everybody says they do. The following is copied from the SAMMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute) website.
Originally Posted by langzaiguy
- Among the two types of handgun cartridges, there are further characteristics that set apart different configurations. Centerfire cartridges can also have rims; however, such a rim plays no part in the cartridge ignition, as it does in a rimfire cartridge.
SAAMI defines a rimless centerfire cartridge as one with a case head that is "of the same diameter as the body and having a groove turned forward of the head to provide the extraction surface." A rimmed cartridge may be either rimfire or centerfire; if centerfire, the cartridge has "a rimmed or flanged head that is larger in diameter than the body of the case." A semi-rimmed centerfire cartridge has "a case head only slightly larger in diameter than the case body and an extractor groove just forward of the head," according to SAAMI.
The rims of rimmed centerfire cartridges have a stronger construction than their rimfire cartridge counterparts.
- There is a picture of a .375 Weatherby Magnum cartridge HERE. The flange is very visible at the base of the center cartridge. The controversy over this subject has gone on for years. The real problem is that the definition given in the statutes could just as easily fit a soft lead flat point bullet like a .40 S&W or .357 mag. It doesn't say a thing about a hollow point or anything about the point of the bullet.
Edit: My self defense weapons are loaded with hollowpoint ammo every day. I don't plan on committing any felonies, but if I do, this statute will be the least of my worries and the statute says nothing about selling any kind of ammo. I find no shortage of places that sell hollowpoints.