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What Are the Legal Implications of Handloading Ammo?


Former Criminal Defense Attorney Tom Grieve knows plenty about handloading ammunition. He does it too. But your jury pool may not. Can your hobby affect a case in court?

Who Do You Want to Be?

Assuming you know what you’re doing and you don’t actually do load anything incorrectly, the prosecution is still going to dig into the ammo you made in your basement. They’re going to try to build a narrative about you. And if you’re creating your own ammo, it can lend itself to the image of a blood-thirsty gun nut just itching to use his or her firearms.

Grieve suggests really examining why you’re manufacturing your own ammunition. What kind of feet per second or foot-pounds of energy is going to be better than what’s on the market? Save the reloads for plinking and competition. Carry the factory ammunition to keep your peers — the jury — from thinking you’re a little too into guns.

About Tom Grieve

Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC, which is now one of the largest criminal-defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal-defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor, participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos, and even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations, and both college and law school campuses.

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. Members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer for a specific case.

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