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Buying two guns at a time?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CoyoteSix, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    Hey all, I'm saving to buy a Ruger 22/45. However I know I want more than one eventually.

    So I thought: "Why not save a little longer and buy two?" :D

    Is there any legislation against buying more than one gun at a time from an FFL? :scrutiny:
  2. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    Also worth noting I live in Idaho. :D
  3. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Well there isn't anything keeping you from buying two at once legally, but I don't see the reason to wait?

    If you have the funds to purchase one and you want it, then get it. Once the funds have accumulated again you can buy another if it is what you still want.
  4. CoyoteSix

    CoyoteSix Well-Known Member

    Two is one and one is none. :p

    Besides, I like backups. :D
  5. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    No federal prohibition. Not sure about Idaho, but doubt it's a problem.
  6. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Be aware that there is additional paperwork to send into the Gov by the FFL when you purchase more than one handgun at a time.
    Not illegal to buy two , but some FFL's make it a policy to only sell one at a time because of this, and some state laws may apply (although your state might not have a regulation)
  7. weblance

    weblance Well-Known Member

    I have bought multiple guns, numerous times in my life. If I ever was at a shop, and they told me they could only sell me one gun, because of extra paperwork... that would be the last time they saw my money.
  8. SunnySlopes

    SunnySlopes Well-Known Member

    I always thought that adage applied to two guns of the same make and model, so that in dire circumstances if both break, you might have parts to salvage one.

    I don't think it applies to just having two guns.
  9. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    Idaho is about like here. Buy as many as you want, or can afford. :)
  10. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Yes, but that doesn't answer my question as to why you have to wait to buy the first one until you can afford another. I am all for having two, but it would make more sense to buy one now, and when the funds allow buy the other as a back up. Otherwise, you don't even have one to practice with in the meantime.
  11. evan price

    evan price Well-Known Member

    ATF has a reporting form (3310.4, "Report of multiple sale or other disposition of handguns or revolvers") you fill out for multiple handgun purchases, a copy goes to your local LEO. Otherwise, it's no big deal. I bought SIX at one time once.
  12. Reloadron

    Reloadron Well-Known Member

    Just for clarification as to multiple handgun purchases:

    The actual form can be viewed here.

    Aside from all that stuff the merit to buying more than a single gun would be the possible price deal at a small privately owned shop.

  13. Kyle M.

    Kyle M. Well-Known Member

    For years my lgs refused to sell multiple handguns to a customer because he didn't want to fill out the form. He let that slip during an inspection once and the ATF got on his case pretty bad about it. I've actually bought multiple handguns from other shops that didn't even tell you about the multiple sales form, of course I already knew about it and when I asked them they told me they are not required to inform you of it. Not sure if thats true or not but thats what I was told by the clerk.
  14. PBR Streetgang

    PBR Streetgang Well-Known Member

    I was told by my local FFL here in Fl you get flagged by ATF if you buy two or more handguns in the period of a week of less. They don't stop you but it is noticed.
  15. JohnM

    JohnM Well-Known Member

    None of us like some of this record keeping the Feds insist on, but I don't lose any sleep over it.
  16. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Be aware that the requirement for the ATF to periodically purge their paperwork does not apply to transactions deemed to be "suspicious." Records of suspicious purchases may be kept indefinately.

    My understanding is that multiple purchases are designated to be in that category.
  17. Krogen

    Krogen Well-Known Member

    It's also worth noting that the typical 4473 form is retained by the FFL until such time they go out of business. The multiple handgun form goes right to the BATFE. No sense in tugging the tail of the tiger, IMHO. Just wait the 5 day interval before you buy the 2nd gun.
  18. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    One reason to buy two at the same time is the chance of getting consecutive serial numbers. (These are the sorts of things that matter to collectors, but maybe not to anyone else.)
  19. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I don't believe there are any restrictions to buying two firearms at the same time in Idaho. Some states have a gun a month restriction as I recall. In my state, you would save a little money on the NICs check fee as it would be the same check for two guns rather than one.
  20. aarondhgraham

    aarondhgraham Well-Known Member

    I say order them at the same time.

    I say order them at the same time.

    I did exactly what the OP is considering doing,,,
    I purchased a pair of the newer 22/45's with removable grip panels.

    I got the Stainless Steel, 5.5" slab-side barrel target version.

    One advantage of buying two is getting the exact same model handgun,,,
    If you buy one model today it might not be available tomorrow.

    I ordered mine from budsgunshop.com and inquired about consecutive serial numbers,,,
    I was told that they really couldn't guarantee that service for me,,,
    The pistols were drop-shipped from somewhere else.

    Ruger availability of some models has been iffy as of late,,,
    Not Ruger's fault for the shortage though,,,
    They have just been selling fast.

    Two months after I ordered my pair,,,
    That same model disappeared from Ruger's website,,,
    Not long after that budsgunshop.com listed them as being sold out.

    If I would have waited,,,
    I would not have a matched pair.

    I have these pistols cased in a nice wooden box I purchased from Cabela's,,,
    They are my Modern Dueling Pistols.

    Someday I'll take a picture of the "dueling set".



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