Is it illegal to own ivory?
Yes unless you have a permit from the federal government.
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There is not an outright ban on ivory possession or even sale of it in general. The answer is truly that it depends. It depends on where the ivory is from, how old the ivory is, how long has it been here in the US, and things of that nature. You should consult an attorney who is familiar with the endangered species act of 1975 and also clarify with them the ivory which you do or hops to possess.
There is not a perfect answer which this forum is capable of providing. You may want to look at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services webpage or direct your questions to a representative there in order to get your particular question answered. Or as I said hire a lawyer to do the research for you.
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