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Saltlake58
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BATF doesn't actually have (to my understanding) authority over air rifles.  The F = Firearms.  Firearms is defined as something that propels a projectile using something explosive like gun powder.  You are right, BATF has no interest in airguns.

As for local regulations of air rifles, most municipalities do regulate "Pellet" guns.  While BB guns are often overlooked, many small towns use a standardized set of city codes they subscribe to and approve on a regular basis.  The codes are created by the CODE PUBLISHING COMPANY of Seattle Washington.  I'm sure there are others, but this is the canned codes my town uses.

Pellet guns are regulated, and pretty stupid.  Here's an example:

9.82.030 Firearms: Firearms means pistols, revolvers, sawed off shotguns or sawed off rifles and or any device which can be used as a weapon from which is expelled a projectile by any force.

By that definition, a BB is a firearm.  Pellet guns are definitely covered.  However, a compound hunting bow is probably not covered as a projectile isn't "Expelled".  Time to get the Lawyers involved!

Further, 9.82.060 states: It is unlawful for any person to discharge or shoot any gun, pistol, or PELLET GUN within the city limits.  then it goes on with a  couple exceptions.  So, shooting a pellet gun is illegal under this code.  Most cities don't bother to read it, they just approve it.

It's been this way for many years, this is nothing new.