Legality of selling LEO weapons purchased with department letter in private sale


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Redlg155
September 18, 2004, 10:52 AM
This question had me wondering a bit since I've been seeing a lot of formerly restricted LEO weapons purchased lately due to the demise of the ban.

Here is the question..

An officer purchases a pre ban (or any weapon for that matter) with a department letterhead. This gets the officer a weapon at a substantial discount since he doesn't have to pay FET. Will the future sale of this weapon be restricted to LEO-LEO transfers, or can he/she sell the weapon in a private sale or to a dealer at their discretion?

I'm specifically questioning the avoidance of FET in the initial purchase and potential resale problems.

Good Shooting
Red

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WT
September 18, 2004, 11:05 AM
So you are saying the LEO wants to become an off the books gun dealer as well as wanting to defraud the tax guys in the US government?

Hkmp5sd
September 18, 2004, 11:09 AM
There is no longer any classification of LEO only weapons. If the LEO owns the weapon, he can sell it to anyone who can legally purchase a firearm. The fact that no tax was paid doesn't effect the sale. I bought all kinds ot things on base in the military without paying tax on them and then sold them whenever I no longer wanted them.

gezzer
September 18, 2004, 01:15 PM
When the gun is bought by the individual officer with a letter he pays the FET.

Only if the Dept itself bought the rifle is there no FET.

And now it makes no difference if the gun is marked or not the law is gone.

Chris Rhines
September 18, 2004, 01:56 PM
So you are saying the LEO wants to become an off the books gun dealer as well as wanting to defraud the tax guys in the US government? Jeez, when you put it that way, that does sound like a good idea... :D

- Chris

EricOKC
September 18, 2004, 02:56 PM
So you are saying the LEO wants to become an off the books gun dealer as well as wanting to defraud the tax guys in the US government?

Sounds like a good idea to me! I think i'd want to get to know that guy :D

cratz2
September 19, 2004, 02:21 PM
I think as long as less than one gun per year sold as such, and as long as the officer had the gun for more than... maybe three months... I wouldn't have a problem with it.

On the other hand, if the officer is supplimenting his income because of possession of letterhead, then I guess I'd have an issue with that.

ScottsGT
September 19, 2004, 11:06 PM
Make sure it is not a class 3 weapon. I had a friend that got out of the police force and sold his 2 AR's. One was an 11" barrel that he sold not knowing it was a class 3. He bought it with a dept. letterhead and carried it on duty. He had NO ideas of firearms laws :rolleyes: And he was a cop.
Well, did he ever get worried after he found this out......

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