I got a call from a tech today that kind of went as follows:
Tech: Yes, hi, do you have extra ivories that you would sell?
Me: No, I have never sold ivory as I use it for my own customers and for keyboard restoration work for technician customers. Also, it is currently illegal to sell/trade in any ivory across state lines. You are from Florida, right?
Tech: Ah, yes. When did it become illegal?
Me: The federal government passed the ban in interstate ivory sales/trade on July 6, 2016. You will have to find someone in your own state if you wish to legally buy old ivory.
Tech: Oh, I don't know of anyone here.
Me: I'm sorry. I can't help you.
Tech: Maybe I can find someone out west that will sell me some.
Me: Well, I can't say whether anyone will, but it is illegal for them to sell out of state. That's now federal law.
Tech: I'm going to Texas. Maybe someone there can sell it to me?
Me: (ready to scream) They would be breaking a federal law. That would be up to them. Sorry I can't help you. Best of luck.
Is the meaning of interstate and illegal difficult to grasp? Wow.