Explosives? Huh?? :shock:
Yeah, the fun stuff
. Explosives, the forgotten part of 2A "arms".
I was making firecrackers for the fourth of July using TATP, which is not illegal to do in either VA state or federal law. Most people don't realize that. As long as you are making it for your own personal, non-business use and do not give it away or sell it, do not transport it and use it for legal purposes (ie no blowing up buildings) you are good to go. It's one of those things the government and the media would rather you not know.
So anyway, disgruntled employee #1 quits and reports me to the law. Apparently he gins the story up a bit. So 20-30 LEOs show up (FBI, VSP, Giles County Sheriff (including *the* Sheriff), Pearisburg PD, VSP bomb squad, VSP Hazmat, VSP Canine). It's a long and rather funny story but I can't really go into it much here. Let's just say I'm hoping Danbus can make as much as I do
. My retirement plans are only for the Feds, so far the state has treated me fairly respectfully, unlike the Feds.
I cannot find where you cannot have firecrackers. I always thought this was the case in Virginia.
The code excludes fireworks but only as a device.It appears they might have you onthe explosive material itself. It is not written in a way that says you can do it in any manner. So you can make the device but you cannot have/make/use the material.
It is my understanding that the courts can revoke your CC permit for any reason. And being charged with a felony is a pretty good reason to me even if I would disagree. Just like you cannot have weapons while a protective order is in place. In neither case have you actually been convicted of a crime.
Not that this is going to actually stop people from picking up a gun and causing harm to someone else while they wait for trial. Pointless to me but I guess it is a reaction to all those incidents in the past where people waiting trial paid someone a visit and caused them some harm. A dead witness or victim cannot testify against you in court.
§ 18.2-85. Manufacture, possession, use, etc., of fire bombs or explosive materials or devices; penalties.
For the purpose of this section:
"Device" means any instrument, apparatus or contrivance, including its component parts, that is capable of producing or intended to produce an explosion but shall not include fireworks
as defined in § 27-95
" means any chemical compound
, mechanical mixture or device that is commonly used or can be used for the purpose of producing an explosion
and which contains any oxidizing and combustive agents or other ingredients in such proportions, quantities or packaging that an ignition by fire, friction, concussion, percussion, detonation or by any part of the compound or mixture may cause a sudden generation of highly heated gases. These materials include, but are not limited to, gunpowder, powders for blasting, high explosives, blasting materials, fuses (other than electric circuit breakers), detonators, and other detonating agents and smokeless powder.
"Fire bomb" means any container of a flammable material such as gasoline, kerosene, fuel oil, or other chemical compound, having a wick composed of any material or a device or other substance which, if set or ignited, is capable of igniting such flammable material or chemical compound but does not include a similar device commercially manufactured and used solely for the purpose of illumination or cooking.
"Hoax explosive device" means any device which by its design, construction, content or characteristics appears to be or to contain a bomb or other destructive device or explosive but which is an imitation of any such device or explosive.
Any person who
(i) possesses materials with which fire bombs or explosive materials or devices can be made
with the intent to manufacture fire bombs or explosive materials or devices
(ii) manufactures, transports, distributes, possesses or uses a fire bomb or explosive materials or devices
shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony.
Any person who constructs, uses, places, sends, or causes to be sent any hoax explosive device so as to intentionally cause another person to believe that such device is a bomb or explosive shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony.