Registration of Handguns


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Greg528iT
January 21, 2011, 12:55 AM
Does anyone have a link to the actual federal or state laws as to registration of guns. If a person recieves a gun as a gift, do they have to register it? How can they tell if it was registered before? Does that registration have to be transfered?
On a different THR board it was discussed that guns can be given within state lines. Nothing was said about what to do about registration, or transfer of registration.

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LiENUS
January 21, 2011, 01:01 AM
Registration doesn't exist for most states with most firearms, but or someone to give you a proper answer they'd need to know what state you are in.

bigfatdave
January 21, 2011, 03:59 AM
<sigh>
Why does everyone get their info from CSI on the teevee?
Most of the nation does not and never did have registration. If you live in a state with such an idiotic law, I pity you, but you need to post your location, or just go to handgunlaw.us to at least find a link to your state's laws, if not a helpful summary.

Bookworm
January 21, 2011, 04:04 AM
Some states, like here in PA have laws against a list of handguns and their owners.

Some states, like PA, routinely violate this law by keeping a list of handgun sales accessible to police in order to track their serial numbers.

Greg528iT
January 21, 2011, 09:30 AM
OK, see, I need some information.

I was questioning the Illinois state.. mid state, NOT Chicago.

For sure I didn't want to rely on TV.. a favorite show, Law and Order Criminal Intent, one episode a woman was going to be charged with a felony because her ex husband left his pistol behind, gifted to her in the divorce. 1) a TV show.. but also was it NY state law, or a NY city law? or just writers imagination? Searching the web for this, I saw a California law that requierd transfer of registration from husband to wife.

kingpin008
January 21, 2011, 09:45 AM
Why does everyone get their info from CSI on the teevee?

Because for lots of people, it's the only exposure to guns they get in their day-to-day lives. So how about we chill out and help educate them (which I see you did) without so much huffing & puffing? We should be happy that people come here to ask and learn, instead of getting exasperated at them right off the bat.

snubbies
January 21, 2011, 09:48 AM
Illinois has the requirement that to own a firearm you must have a FOID (Firearms Owners Identification Card). While the information on the guns you own is not required the fact that you own firearms or able to own firearms is a matter of record with the State.. I guess you could call this a quasi registration.

Greg528iT
January 21, 2011, 10:28 AM
Thanks all
so, if I purchase a pistol at a store, fill out all the paperwork at the store.. with FOID.. then later decide to gift it to a nephew, who also has a FOID, I do not need to fill out any paperwork with the state as to transfer to the new owner.

I thought, was 99.9% sure on that.

Does anyone know of a link to actual state law or lack of law on that? ie, my wife does not want a "i read it on the internet" ruling. No problem if you don't, I just had trouble finding it myself. You know how complicated it is.

Sam1911
January 21, 2011, 12:14 PM
http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/ILSL.pdf

Here is the NRA's page on IL gun laws. It covers how you do transfers there.

Greg528iT
January 21, 2011, 12:38 PM
THANKS Sam. I knew you'd know / have a link.

ekgandj
January 21, 2011, 12:46 PM
Because for lots of people, it's the only exposure to guns they get in their day-to-day lives. So how about we chill out and help educate them (which I see you did) without so much huffing & puffing? We should be happy that people come here to ask and learn, instead of getting exasperated at them right off the bat.

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Standing Wolf
January 21, 2011, 01:36 PM
While the information on the guns you own is not required the fact that you own firearms or able to own firearms is a matter of record with the State.. I guess you could call this a quasi registration.

That's registration of firearms owners. When the time comes to confiscate firearms from the commoners, it will prove just as effective as registering firearms.

Why do I say such an illogical thing?

Registering firearms doesn't clearly indicate who has exactly what, because people sell and swap guns all the time. The guns I bought years ago in Michigan and California, for example, are still listed as mine in state data bases, never minding I sold and traded some along the way, and guns I've bought since then aren't registered to me except by way of 4473 forms. It's much easier to track and locate firearms owners than a far greater number of individual guns with serial numbers.

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