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Tannerite, legal or not in California

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There is definitely a lot of talk about binary explosive targets and has been for some time.

Since many of you have taking courses from me, you know I'm not an attorney and if you need legal advise, I recommend hiring an attorney.

This blog is just my opinion.

I'm guessing many of you have either used Tannerite or another brand or at least have seen the videos of people using the binary explosive targets. I have to admit, it is some fun stuff, cause who doesn't like exploding targets?

If you view Tannrites website you can find a link explain the legalities of its use. And after reading all the legal stuff you can be convinced it is all legal.

Well, under Federal Law anyway but not under California Law. Of course there is a lot of debate over this, especially on calguns. But like what happens most of the time, everyone wants to overlook parts of the penal code that doesn't fit their argument.

I will agree most of the penal code, when dealing with explosive has phrases like, 'intent', 'recklessly or maliciously'. And I would agree, even bet that 99.9% or more of the time, binary explosive targets are purchased with no bad intent. Just wanting to have a little explosive fun and it is fun. (check out the video on the home page)

I think California Penal Code 18720, makes it clear.

PC 18720. Every person who possesses any substance, material, or any combination of substances or materials, with the intent to make any destructive device or any explosive without first obtaining a valid permit to make that destructive device or explosive, is guilty of a felony, and is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, three, or four years.

And trying to make an argument that binary explosive targets are not an explosive. I would say is a motto point since the word explosive is right on the packaging.

Just Google Jeremy Ingram Menifee California. In August 2013, he was arrested on two felony counts of possessing illegal explosive devices.

Here is a link to the news article http://www.menifee247.com/2013/08/menifee-man-arrested-for-possession-of-illegal-explosives.html

And the newspapers Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/menifee247/posts/699642486729090

My suggestion, stay away from binary explosive targets, at least in California.


Originally born and raised on a small farm in Northern Illinois. (Shirland, Il)

I still go back there as often as I can and since Illinois passed their CHL (Conceal Handgun License). I do put on Illinois Conceal Carry courses while I'm there visiting.

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  • Jeremy Ingram
    Jeremy Ingram Tuesday, 01 September 2015

    Hey Thanks for using me as a foot note in your training. Yes I was arrested for using tannerite at a gun range. I spent a year and a half fighting this in court. After all that I was found guilty. The DA wanted me to plea guilty to a felony and spend 60 days in jail. I said no. I fought it and I got two misdemeanor. No probation not a day in jail this was expunged 5 months later. I will not suggest trying it right now because the next person that gets busted using it will get a much worse sentence then I got. Then Dan Tanner is still fighting it here in California. As of right now it's a No no. I'm only backing this up with charles Dobbs warning.

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