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Posted: 1/10/2006 3:32:51 PM EDT
My friend is possibly looking at acquiring an AR15 that has a 37 mm grenade launcher attached to it. I have told him that to the best of my knowledge, it is ok to buy a grenade launcher but the grenades themselves require the paperwork and the tax stamp.

Is what I told him correct?

I am looking around on the Internet to try to find some more information, but I thought that I would also check here.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 5:43:56 PM EDT
The 37mm don't shoot grenades, only the 40mm which is of itself a destructive device. And yes, the grenades themselves also require paperwork and a tax stamp, as well as special explosive storage requirements.
The 37mm's are flares and gas launchers.
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 5:49:47 PM EDT
If it's a 37mm, it's a "flare" launcher and not a grenade launcher and is OK to own without any paperwork. A true 40mm M203 requires a $200 tax stamp as a destructive device. Also, any explosive grenade with >1/4oz of charge requires a $200 tax stamp.

The other wrinkle is if you own a 37mm GL and anti-personnel ammo (buckshot, beanbag etc), then you have a destructive device even though it's really a flare launcher.
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