I thought I would ask for some insight on transporting my Sons graduation gift (an AR-15) with me from Missouri to Virginia (VMI) next month to celebrate his newly minted BSME.
I understand the peaceable journey concept as would apply to the in between states, but is there anything on the books in VA I should be aware of?
The AR is built as a pistol (11.5 barrel) so the handgun laws will apply of course...he intends to SBR it after he settles in to life in the US Navy.
My thanks in advance!
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April 10, 2010, 12:42 PM
Virginia is a free state, no problems here. Your Missouri carry permit is honored here, and open carry requires no permit,so you're good under FOPA.
However, it's Federal law you need to concern yourself with. If your son is a resident of VA, you can't just bring him a firearm, it would need to be transfered via an FFL. Anything classified as an "assault rifle" such as an AR, require proof of citizenship (birth certificate, passport, voter registration card) for transfer in VA. I don't think this applies to AR pistols, but dealers tend to do the CYA bit.
If his residency is still considered as Missouri, it's probably fine but I haven't looked up the code on that one.
April 10, 2010, 12:53 PM
zoom6zoom is correct. And since transfer of any firearm to a resident of a different state without an FFL is a felony, and since a felony could really screw up a Navy career, it's best to do things the legal way, no matter how stupid it seems or how little the chance of getting caught. BTW, the definition of residency for firearms transactions has NOTHING to do with where a driver's license is from or where a military member's "home of record" is.
27 CFR 478.11:
State of residence. The State in which an individual resides. An individual resides in a State if he or she is present in a State with the intention of making a home in that State. If an individual is on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces, the individual's State of residence is the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located.