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Question about a gun purchase

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by T. Bracker, Sep 15, 2004.

  1. T. Bracker

    T. Bracker Well-Known Member


    I was wondering about the legalities of a gun purchase if I give the gun then afterwards as a gift. Is this allowed? I know that on the background check form they ask if you are purchasing for another individual, but is a gift OK? Thanks.
  2. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    Under Federal law, gifts are completely legal. Unless some local law requires something different, you buy the gun and give it as a gift to anyone that can legally own the gun.
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Well-Known Member

    The law bans buying a gun on behalf of someone who is ineligible to buy the gun himself. In other words, the purchase is made for someone else, with his money or with the understanding that he will pay for it.

    There is no law against buying a gun to be given as a gift. (I am assuming that it is legal for the recipient of the gift to own the gun and you are not violating any law by giving a gun to him/her.)

  4. George S.

    George S. Well-Known Member

    Buying a gun for somebody else who cannot legally purchase one is called a "Straw purchase" and is illegal.

    You may want to check your state laws regard transferring ownership of a gun to another person. Some states or even counties or cities may require changing registration or filling out some sort of transfer of ownership form.

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