purchasing a firearm in Mississippi


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Silent Civilian
February 2, 2011, 03:30 PM
Being a from Louisiana, am I able to purchase a firearm in Mississippi? I ask only because there will be a gun show in the area soon. Thanks

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docnyt
February 2, 2011, 03:58 PM
A handgun will need to be shipped to a FFL dealer in your home state. Private sellers may balk at that. Be careful when buying from a local private seller at the gun show as he may not be aware that you are not a Mississippi state resident.

A long arm from what I understand may be bought from a licensed dealer then brought home. Check your state law to be sure.

hirundo82
February 2, 2011, 04:00 PM
You can purchase a long gun from an FFL in another state as long as both states are OK with it. A handgun purchase would have to go through an FFL in your state.

Any firearm purchased from a private party who is a resident of another state has to go through an FFL--an FFL in your state if a handgun, an FFL in either state if a long gun.

Silent Civilian
February 2, 2011, 04:14 PM
You can purchase a long gun from an FFL in another state as long as both states are OK with it. A handgun purchase would have to go through an FFL in your state.

Any firearm purchased from a private party who is a resident of another state has to go through an FFL--an FFL in your state if a handgun, an FFL in either state if a long gun.

More than likely, I'll be purchasing long gun rather than a handgun.

But what do you mean both states must be "OK" with it? Pardon my ignorance.

nalioth
February 2, 2011, 04:21 PM
You can purchase a long gun from an FFL in another state as long as both states are OK with it. A handgun purchase would have to go through an FFL in your state.

Any firearm purchased from a private party who is a resident of another state has to go through an FFL--an FFL in your state if a handgun, an FFL in either state if a long gun.
More than likely, I'll be purchasing long gun rather than a handgun.

But what do you mean both states must be "OK" with it? Pardon my ignorance.He meant to say that both state's laws must allow it.

For instance, a Texan visiting Illinois cannot buy any longarms while there because they wouldn't have an FOID card.

hirundo82
February 2, 2011, 04:24 PM
But what do you mean both states must be "OK" with it? Pardon my ignorance.
The sale must comply with the laws of both states.

It shouldn't be a problem with Mississippi and Louisiana, but some states (the usual suspects AFAIK) have laws against residents purchasing out of state or against non-residents purchasing in their state. The firearm also has to be legal in both states, which can be an issue for residents of states with "assault weapon" bans if they are purchasing out of state.

Some states also have outdated laws only allowing purchase by residents of contiguous states and by their residents in contiguous states, left over from when that was all that was allowed federally and had to be explicitly authorized in law. I think that went away with the 1986 FOPA, although it may have been a Brady Bill change, but for example Texas only changed the law to allow us to purchase in any state in 2007.

The ATF keeps FFLs up to date on which residents of which states they are allowed to sell to, so it shouldn't be an issue for you.

Silent Civilian
February 2, 2011, 04:30 PM
He meant to say that both state's laws must allow it.




If thats the case then I think I'm good to go.

Old krow
February 2, 2011, 06:28 PM
Where is the gun show?

Blackbeard
February 4, 2011, 12:08 PM
For instance, a Texan visiting Illinois cannot buy any longarms while there because they wouldn't have an FOID card.

Incorrect. The Illinois FOID is only required for Illinois residents.

The "both states must be OK with it" means that all laws from both states must be followed.

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