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Handgun purchase in free states

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Bill St. Clair, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. Bill St. Clair

    Bill St. Clair Well-Known Member

    In writing a letter to the editor of a despicable NY Times article, I wanted to convey to the disarmed Big Apple readers what they're missing in most of free America, but I haven't lived in free America myself since I started buying my own guns so I don't know.

    Here in upstate New York, I walk into a gun store, lay down my driving license, fill out a simple form asserting who I am and that I am not forbidden to own a gun, wait for the sales guy to make the NICS call, hand over my cash, and walk out with my long gun. Handguns are another matter, however. New York state registers all handgun possession, so you have to pay for the gun, take the receipt to the local judge, and ask him nicely to add it to your permit before taking possession.

    Is the process of handgun purchase in free states similar to long gun purchase here?

    And don't go ranting about NICS. I know. My 12-year-old son should be able to walk into any hardware store in America, lay down cash, and walk out with a fully-automatic M-16 or AK-47 and 1000 rounds of ammo without answering any questions or signing a single scrap of paper. That's what "shall not be infringed" means. But debating the details of that issue is not my intention with this thread.

    And if you want to discuss the NYT article, there's already another thread for that.
  2. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    Florida: 3-day waiting period, CCWs exempt. No restrictions on private sales.
  3. Oracle

    Oracle Well-Known Member

    Georgia, if you pass NICS, then it's instant, there is no waiting period, you walk out with the gun (of course, NICS is checked whether you're buying a handgun or a long gun). If you have a Georgia CCW, then there isn't even a NICS background check.
  4. jimpeel

    jimpeel Well-Known Member

    Colorado. CBI check, pay, and walk.
  5. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    There's actually an additional step that happens behind the scenes: your hand gun is registered.
  6. Bill St. Clair

    Bill St. Clair Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. Now I know two states where handguns are similar to long guns. Others?

    Also, there are plenty of sites with all sorts of information about concealed carry laws state-to-state. Does anyone know a place to find a summary of open carry laws or this kind of purchase information?
  7. Langenator

    Langenator Well-Known Member

    Washington state: long guns-NICS check, 4473, money, out the door. Handguns-NICS check, 4473, money, 14 day wait, out the door. Handgun waiting period is waived if you have a CCW.
  8. WvaBill

    WvaBill Well-Known Member

    WV-- NICS, pay, go...Only been turned down by NICS about one time out of fifteen or so. Early on. No registration except Fed form, no judge, no jury.

    CHL is about 5x8 certificate that you photostatically reduce and laminate(optional). I have about 4 copies in wallet, glove boxes, with employee IDs. Doesn't exempt NICS.
  9. HogRider

    HogRider Well-Known Member

    Arizona with CCW:
    Walk into store
    Pick gun
    Talk price
    Fill out form
    Show CCW and Drivers License
    Walk out of store

    Arizona without CCW:
    Walk into store
    Pick gun
    Talk price
    Fill out form
    Show Drivers License and wait for instant background check (5-10 minutes)
    Walk out of store

  10. jimpeel

    jimpeel Well-Known Member

    Standing Wolf

    How so?
  11. NukemJim

    NukemJim Well-Known Member


    1) Get a FOID ( Firearms Owner IDentification ). Apply to Ill State Police, wait 4-8 weeks get card. Without card it is illeagle to posess guns or ammo.

    2) Go into gunstore choose gun put deposit down or pay completely

    3) Fill out federal form

    4) Phone call to ISP with the FOID number. The ISP has 24 hours to give an answer for rifles/shotguns, 72 hours for handguns

    5) Wait 24 hours for rifles/shotguns, 72 hours for handguns before they can be picked up

    I am not going to go into the mess in Chicago

  12. seeker_two

    seeker_two Well-Known Member

    Same in Texas...:D
  13. Tamara

    Tamara Senior Member


    In TN, you do a background check and take your pistol with you.

    In GA, you skip the background check if you have a Toter's Permit, or do an instant NICS check otherwise, and take your pistol with you.
  14. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam


    I'm not sure about long guns, but hand guns purchased in Colorado are registered with the state at the time of purchase. There used to be a separate form to fill out; now it's handled by the telephone operator who clears the purchase.
  15. jimpeel

    jimpeel Well-Known Member

    Standing Wolf

    Is that codified in law or just something they do? A lot of good it does them if you move out of state.
  16. Kharn

    Kharn Well-Known Member

    Delaware (from what I understand):
    Pick gun and ask gunstore to order it
    Show Driver's license and 2nd form of ID (credit card bill with your mailing address on it will suffice)
    Fill out 4473
    Wait for NICS check
    Go directly to nearest range to try out new toy.

    Pick gun
    Pray gun is available to peons
    Ask gunstore to find one
    Show Driver's License and proof of training when pistol arrives
    Fill out 2 state forms, and a 4473
    Pay deposit (optional)
    Come back in 10 days, sign state forms and 4473 again
    Pay remaining balance
    Find nearest range and try out new toy

  17. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Nevada: Sounds the same as Arizona, posted above. I show my CCW and DL, fill out form, pay and leave. If you don't have a CCW then you pay extra and wait for the NICS check. The beauty of a CCW is going into a gun store after the NICS is closed and being able to buy a gun. Show, Fill out, pay and leave. Sweeeet. You can also buy two or three if you like. :)
  18. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

    PA- show driver's license, fill out federal and state form, dealer runs NICS ( usually takes 5 min or less), if approved sign state form second time, pay, leave with gun and then clean it and shoot it. Sometimes sneaking past wife comes before cleaning it.
  19. Bill St. Clair

    Bill St. Clair Well-Known Member

    I sent my letter to the New York Times, and posted it in the thread discussing the article here.

    Thank you again, gentlemen!
  20. clubsoda22

    clubsoda22 member

    In PA: Money + NICS go ahead = out the door.

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