Well you are like 12 rignt? Just kidding. Stores often have wishy washy policies. One might point out that the its called 22 Long Rifle for a reason. I have a younger friend who used to have issues buying ammo. Now he makes sure to tell them it's for a long gun (it is) & he has no more problems. Most clerks/managers will simply say no vs. risk doing something they have no clue about being legal or not. Being young does have it's draw backs. But then again, I'm so old I can remeber buying 22lr @ local party stores as a kid.