Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by gilfo, Jul 19, 2009.
You can buy a long gun from an FFL and the law is that the laws of your home state must be observed. So if your state has a waiting period or any restrictions on magazines, etc. the dealer should go by those.
This is why except maybe for towns that border other states most dealers will not sell to out of state buyers because they don't want to risk doing something wrong.
The best way (although it adds to the cost) is have the dealer send the gun to a dealer in your locality for transfer to you. Means adding shipping and a fee to the transfer dealer to the cost. You have to decide if it's worth it. To most folks it is not.
Gun laws suck. All gun laws suck all the time. Period. All they do is interfere with law abiding people.
So, you can buy it in VA. But, you can not take possession of it in VA. The seller will need to send it to a FL FFL dealer, where you will pay a transfer fee and do paperwork for it.
That's called a "straw" purchase and is a big no-no. BIG fine and jail time
Some states allow sales of long guns to residents of contiguous states, but not handguns
Luckily the Chiefs Special they had was in .40 and not .45 or i would have cried.
Before you go on your trip, visit your local Florida dealer and be sure he will accept a transfer from another state. If you are a good customer and he trusts you, he might let you have signed copies of his FFL to take along in case you want to buy something. If you see something you want, you can then give an FFL copy to the dealer in the other state, and the gun can be shipped without the delay of getting the receiving dealer's FFL.
A dealer in another state, VA in this case, will NOT ship a gun to another dealer without a signed copy of that dealer's FFL, and he will NOT allow you to take a handgun with you.
Incidentally, that contiguous state business was removed from the federal law years ago. You can purchase a long gun (rifle or shotgun) from an FFL dealer in any state, at his licensed premises and if neither state has any law prohibiting you from owning the long gun.
A member of your immediate family can buy a gun and gift it to you without paperwork and without breaking any laws.
This does not note anything about "gifting": http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/faq2.htm#b1
That is not limited to family members, ArchAngelCD.
Prior to a 1986 amendment to the gun control act, Federal law allowed out of state purchases of long guns from FFLs only in contiguous states and only if state laws specifically allowed those purchases. Most states did enact laws allowing contiguous state long arm purchases. Almost all (if not all) of those states' laws prohibited nothing - they were only written to allow the purchases in accordance with the GCA.
In 1986 the GCA was ammended to allow out of state purchase of long guns from FFLs in any state, but the purchase must comply with the states' laws of BOTH the selling FFL and the buyer. So long as a state's laws did not specifically PROHIBIT an out of state purchase (and I don't know of any that do), those laws that were originally written to ALLOW the contiguous states purchasing now became meaningless.
Prior to the 1986 amendment, I do not know if Federal law allowed contiguous state purchases of long guns from private parties or not. However, since the 1986 amendment, I do know that Federal law now prohibits ANY transfers of all firearms between private parties who are residents of different states, regardless of whether tthe states are contiguous or not (with inheritance being the exception).
So, now, as long as there are no specific prohibitions in states' laws, "contiguous states" have absolutely no bearing on firearms transactions whatsoever.
It's all spelled out in the August, 2004 ATF Newsletter to FFLs:
The Federal law regarding out of state purchasing is 18 USC 922 (a)(3), (a)(5) and (b)(3):
If you hang out here long enough and read a lot of posts sooner or later you find answers. I have been wondering about this for a while and now have what I needed to know. Thanks NavyLT
Since his daughter is in college I'm guessing she not only has residence in her college state but at home too. (like my son does) Even if you don't live in the same state you can give a family member a gun if you choose to without doing any paperwork at all. (BTW, why did you link to the section that deals with "unlicensed persons"? Even so I think the last sentence in "B2" is of some interest. "A person may borrow or rent a firearm in any State for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes."
Very bad info you are giving here, ArchAngelCD.
Your statement #1 above is against Federal law, it causes two felonies to be committed. The first felony is the giver of the gift violating 18 USC 922 (a)(5) by giving a firearm to a person who is not a resident of their same state. The receiver of the gift violates 18 USC 922 (a)(3) by receiving into their own state of residence a firearm they received from an out of state source. There is no exception to this rule except for inheritance when someone dies. BTW, for firearms transactions, state of residence requires two things: first - actual physical presence in a state. Second - presence in that state with the intent of making a home (either permanent or temporary) in that state.
In regards to your question #2 above, the unlicensed persons section of the same law applies, because the license that is relevant to 18 USC 922 is an FFL - Federal Firearms License. We are talking about average Joe private citizens here who do not have FFLs.
In regards to your mentioning a loan of a firearm in statement #3 - the minute that a person brings a loaned firearm that they obtained from an out of state resident into their own state of residence, they have again violated 18 USC 922 (a)(3). There is no loaning exception to (a)(3). It's OK for me to loan you, an out of state resident, a firearm to use because that IS an exception in (a)(5) - but for you to take that loaned firearm back to your home state is a felony against (a)(3).
ANY transfer of ANY firearm across state lines of residence REQUIRES an FFL transfer, period, regardless of family relationship, regardless of gift or sale, regardless of contiguous states - the only exception being an inheritance when someone dies.
I am going on vacation tomorrow am and will be hitting 10 states between NY and SD. If I happen upon a long gun in a gun shop (FFL transfer) in my travels I'm OK to buy it and take it with me, as long as I meet my states law and the purchasing states law correct???
From the federal side:
You -can- purchase a long gun and take it with you. (provided there are no local laws that prevent that)
You -must- have a handgun shipped to a "local to where you live" (ie, same state as your legal residence) FFL to complete the transfer. You can not take it with you.
now, remeber ,i dont personally believe that its legal to do that, but who knows, and better yet, with the state of things anymore, who cares?
Nice of you to stay on the High Road, AO.
Advocating illegal activities is off topic here.
As other have already stated, WE care. On THR, we do things by the books. Period.
I didn't give anyone advice. All I was doing was participating in a discussion and point out what was written on a link someone else posted that was of interest to me. If you don't agree with me or I said something that was incorrect, fine, correct what I said but please don't say I gave anyone advice about anything that has to do with gun laws. Besides, anyone who listens to anything concerning gun laws on a forum is a total ass. I DID NOT advise anyone to do anything!! You on the other hand are the one giving advice and are presenting it as advice by quoting the laws you think apply.
BTW, my son lives in 2 different states during different parts of the year. He has legal residence in both states so I don't understand what the problem is... It's possible the OP's daughter also has legal residence in both states too.
if you find that must have item, just have them ship it to your FFL and you can do the paperwork when you get home.
nothing wrong with being all legal and stuff
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