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DavRedf

Well-Known Member
And I thought that us Brits had problems with our lawmakers, I came across this and after reading twice, still had trouble understanding it.

To amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain rocket
propellants from prohibitions under that title on explosive materials.
(Introduced in Senate)

S 724 IS

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 724

To amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain rocket
propellants from prohibitions under that title on explosive materials.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 27, 2003

Mr. ENZI (for himself, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Coleman, Mr. Crapo,
Mr. Burns, Mr. Allard, and Mr. Santorum) introduced the following bill,
which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain rocket
propellants from prohibitions under that title on explosive materials.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. EXEMPTION OF CERTAIN ROCKET PROPELLANTS FROM CRIMINAL
PROHIBITIONS ON EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS.

(a) NON-DETONABLE ROCKET PROPELLANT DEFINED- Section 841 of title 18,
United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(t) Non-detonable rocket propellant' means any material, chemical, or
chemical mixture consisting of fuel and oxidizer that provides thrust to
a rocket, or generates hot, high pressure gas for doing work in the
actuation of various power or mechanical devices, and is classified as a
non-explosive by the Department of Transportation or classified by the
Department of Transportation as a Class 1.3 Explosive or lower.'.

(b) EXEMPTION- Section 845(a) of that title is amended--

(1) in paragraph (5), by striking and' at the end;

(2) in paragraph (6), by striking the period at the end and inserting ;
and'; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

(7) commercially manufactured black powder in quantities not to exceed
two pounds, safety and pyrotechnic fuses, quick and slow matches,
electric matches, igniters, or non-detonable rocket propellant intended
to be used in rockets that do not carry any--

(A) explosive, incendiary, or poison gas;

(B) bomb;

(D) explosive or incendiary charge of more than three-quarter ounce;

(E) mine; or

`(F) device similar to any device referred to in subparagraphs (A)
through (E).'.

(c) EFFECTIVE DATE- (1) Subject to paragraph (2), the amendments made by
this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

(2) If the date of the enactment of this section is less than 180 days
after the date of the enactment of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
(Public Law 107-296), the amendments made by this section shall take
effect immediately after the entry into effect of the amendments made by
section 1122 of that Act (116 Stat. 2280) pursuant to subsection (i) of
such section 1122 (116 Stat. 2283).

loopy

Well-Known Member
That's actually pretty typical wording in congress. They have to cover all bases and make sure there are no loopholes to be exploited. You should see some of the warning labels products carry just so the manufacturer can avoid being sued. When you go out and get a cup of coffee to go, does the cup warn you that the coffee is hot? Ours has to since a lady got burned when she spilled the coffee on her leg (while driving with it between her legs), and burned her leg. She won lots of money suing McDonalds because the coffee was hot...