When we posted the availability of the Benjamin Air Rifle yesterday, I really hadn’t given the issue of legality any thought. To be quite honest with you, I figure if states or communities decide to ban air guns, they must have ALL of their other issues solved, and I hadn’t seen or heard about too many of those places. So, of course, upon digging deeper, I found out that there ARE laws governing the shipping of this rifle. The fine folks at Pyramid Air – one of, if not the largest distributors of air rifles – clued me into the laws. As I understand them, they are as follows:
– The gun CAN NOT be shipped into any of the New York City boroughs, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago (Cook Co.) , or the state of Michigan. Apparently, the shrouded barrel on the Trail series puts it into a “banned ” list in Michigan.
– In New Jersey and Illinois, the gun can be shipped in, but it must go to a Federal Firearms Licensed establishment and picked up there after filling out the required paperwork.
We will continue to do the RNG process as we always have. If we pull a blog from a banned area, we will re-draw. If the next one that comes up is from a FFL area, we will contact the blogger and see if they want to arrange for its delivery. If not – we’ll re-draw until we get a winner.
Finally, I confirmed that the gun DOES come with the scope!
Hope this lend some clarity to the situation. You should ALWAYS check with your local municipality to determine if something like this is legal in your specific area. And, just as a point of clarification – the rifle does shoot .22 caliber pellets using compressed air – not .22 caliber ammunition.