The Obama administration has recently tightened restrictions on the recent importation of antique ivory. New ivory has been banned from importation and sale since 1979. So antique ivory, or ivory collected before that date was the only thing people could deal in. With the new rules coming into place you can no longer import antique ivory, moreover if you are in possesion of "antique" ivory, you need to now prove that it's antique in order to remain in posession of it. In the past the usfws needed to prove that your Ivory was not antique. The next phase in their plans will be the ban of sale of antique Ivory within the U.S. What this has to do with all of us? Well if you inherit a gun from gramps with Ivory grips, you may just have to remove the grips to stay in possesion of it, or at worst you lose the gun despite the fact that it's an antique. Moreover those of us with deep pockets and like to have pistols with Ivory grips and spent money to have them that money you spent just went down the drain since there is no legal way to sell that Ivory grip. In any case if you come across anybody selling Ivory grips you need to make damn sure you can legally own it before you land in hot water. And since the U.S. fish and wildlife service has the authority to change their minds on this any minute, it would behoove all of you to check their website before you regret your future purchases.