I'm looking for information regarding a legal visiting alien and if there is any legal avenue for them to posses or own firearms in the US. They own property and vehicles in the states, but are on a visitors visa.
Thanks for any information.
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January 20, 2011, 03:44 PM
The ATF has a FAQ that answers this question (http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/nonimmigrant-aliens.html#nonimmigrant-possession).
Per federal law (18 USC §922(y)(2)), nonresident aliens can possess and purchase firearms only if they have a valid hunting license. To purchase from an FFL, they must be able to be able to document 90 days of residency in a state.
There is not limitation on only using the firearms for hunting; they may use them for any lawful purpose.
January 20, 2011, 09:48 PM
There are state laws in many states that will not let someone on a visitor's visa buy guns, register vehicles, etc.
January 22, 2011, 06:44 PM
Have friends from other countries who have homes here in FL - they are legal to register cars, buy guns - but they need to make sure they do not spend more than 6 months here - they'll catch more flax and legal issues than illegals sneaking across the border - but guns are a non-issue
January 23, 2011, 03:17 AM
Hunting license and PROOF of 90 day residence in the state of purchase. Verify what is acceptable proof of residence with your state; some states have tougher requirements than the Feds. You should also be aware that many states require hunter's education before issuing a hunting license.