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Can you let friends borrow your handgun ?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by S&W 910, Mar 2, 2006.

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  1. S&W 910

    S&W 910 Member

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    Can you let a friend (non-crimanal ,not a convicted felon) borrow your handgun ?

    if he is pulled over and tells the police he has a friends gun,can i get in trouble or lose my concealed weapon permit ?

    thanks for all responses
     
  2. PlayboyPenguin

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    I let friends borrow guns all the time. At the range with me standing behind then. I would never let someone take my gun with them outside of my supervision. Unless a situation where they felt their lives where threatened. This is just personal ideology though. :)
     
  3. PinnedAndRecessed

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    When it comes to borrowing guns, I have no friends. Don't want any. And any friend of mine knows better than to ask.
     
  4. MrMex

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    WOW, no friends? Maybe discretion is better than saying no friends, sure there are some that are more trustworthy than others. I would have no problem with letting a couple of mine borrow my firearms but not all and family, of course.

    I'd say use your best judgement of the person and if there is any reason to not, then don't.
     
  5. MechAg94

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    I think you had better make sure he will not use it illegally and he can possess it legally. You might catch some liability if something goes wrong as well.

    I can't think of any friends of mine who I would trust who don't already have guns. My brothers and my Dad I would let borrow no problem. I have shot with each of them and trust them.
     
  6. Amish_Bill

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    Depends on the state you're in I'd have to say.

    In States where you can transfer ownership of handguns without FFL intervention, you should be good to go. Where you have to run handguns through a dealer or have a purchase / possesion permit or other similar beaurocratic oddities, you'll have to research your state laws about loans vs transfers.

    Myself, in a few days I'm getting two pistols back that have been on loan to a friend for a month or two.
     
  7. choochboost

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    I don't know if the law allows it but I have done it more than once. Two of my LEO friends have let me borrow their guns - a Beretta Cougar, and a Glock 30. Another friend (not a LEO) let me borrow his Ruger P95. But I don't know if I'd let someone borrow mine.
     
  8. Border

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    I'd let my good friends borrow my guns in a heartbeat! What, you have some gun that once belonged to Wyatt Earp or something?! Never favor the material over the spiritual. Legally, in MA, if they have the right card, the can borrow the gun I believe.
     
  9. HankB

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    State laws vary, and may well limit what you can do along those lines.

    I have only a few friends (plus a few of my relatives, other than my immediate household) I would loan a firearm to.

    I have a number of other friends who are trustworthy from the standpoint of not misusing the firearm, but AFAIK they don't have enough "gunny" experience for me to be comfortable with loaning them a firearm.
     
  10. f4t9r

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    Thats like borrowing a mechanics tools, it is just not going to happen.
    Loaned a hunting rifle once and that was a big mistake.
     
  11. Sistema1927

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    I have a couple of good friends that I have loaned weapons to, and have borrowed from them as well. You have to know them real well.
     
  12. ball3006

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    Loan a gun?

    Never....................and, I have been asked to do so............They are not that expensive, go buy your own.......chris3
     
  13. Car Knocker

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    There are no federal laws precluding loaning or borrowing firearms, other than those laws that generally restrict possession. State and/or local laws would determine whether one could legally loan or borrow a firearm.
     
  14. SMLE

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    If I wouldn't be willing to loan them a gun...

    I wouldn't be willing to call them a friend.
     
  15. Lou629

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    Your Results May Vary...

    About 10 years ago i was asked by a former girlfriend to borrow one of my handguns because of a security situation. The details would take a novel, so i won't go into them here. At any rate, all i could think of at the time was that she was more likely to use it than not. I told her that this was a little more serious than she might've given proper consideration to, and that i wasn't prepared for the kind of liability that I would likely have encountered with the LEOs here in NJ if she actually shot someone with it, or even threatened to. I spent the best part of the following year 'sleeping-over' @ her place as a sort of built-in, armed, security guard.

    I could not, in good conscience, just give her a gun, and advised her to get a permit and i would be glad to help her pick & buy one of her own, etc., etc., if she still felt the need once the permit was issued. This turned out to be the one time that i found myself in complete agreement with the "cooling-off-period" that the initial 60-90 day permit application process takes here in NJ.
     
  16. PinnedAndRecessed

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    Can you be sure your friend will be absolutely trustworthy with your handgun?

    We're not talking about something innocuous, like a book.

    We're talking about something that lawyers and judges generally despise.

    What if said friend loses the handgun? What if he's not quite as careful as you? What if the handgun winds up in the wrong hands?

    What if the handgun winds up in a murder? What if the murderer leaves the handgun at the scene?

    What kind of hassles do you think might be in store for you? Especially in an antigun state like NJ or **********?

    Like I said, if we're talking about lending handguns, I have no friends, and even if they knew about my handguns, would know better than to ask.
     
  17. U.S.SFC_RET

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    If you value your firearms never let your friends borrow them. If you choose to do so you run the risk of those firearms experiencing neglect. Of course you could learn the hard way like some of who already have.
     
  18. M2 Carbine

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    The only gun I won't/can't loan to a friend is my M2 Carbine.

    I don't think many people know what a friend is.
    There are friends and there are acquaintances.

    You may have a lot of acquaintances but you will be lucky to have a couple friends.

    If a friend of mine came to the house and said I need you to give me your M1 Garand, I'd ask how much ammo do you want.:)
     
  19. Amish_Bill

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    Would you loan a friend a hand tool? A lawnmower? A car?

    Yes, you have to be prudent about who has access to what, but it's all on a continuum of appropriateness.

    It also sounds like many of us are mis-using the word 'friend' to mean people we see every now & again or people we don't know or like much. If you know your friend and have faith in them, loaning them your car, house or gun should not be this huge, impossible thing that so many are saying it is.
     
  20. engineer151515

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    Sell it to him for $1.00 Face to Face (if legal in your state). Signed receipt.

    No question of ownership. Something "undesirable" happens - not your gun.


    If he's a real buddy, he'll sell it back to you for the same $1 when he no longer needs it.



    The above is not to be confused with legal advise.

    Personally, I do not loan guns other than letting known friends/family shoot at the range with them. In a dire situation, I would loan to my immediate family (wife, stepson, daughter). But, since they have their own personal defense guns, that scenario has never arisen.
     
  21. Camp David

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    Too dangerous today, in my opinion, to loan a gun...

    To family members of course, to anyone else no.

    It's just a legal reality of life today!!!
     
  22. Jubei

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    The only time that I've loaned out a gun was when my running buddy wanted to borrow my P22 to teach his (then) girlfriend how to shoot. He's one of maybe 3 people I would trust to watch my back. He brought it back cleaned and unharmed.

    Anyone else can go and get their own.

    Jubei
     
  23. tom barthel

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    Would you let a friend borrow your handgun?

    If a friend cinvinced me of the need for one of my guns, I would give it to that friend. My friends mean FAR more to me than ANY of man's laws. I would help my friends and even strangers if "I" felt that person needed my help. I am the sort who would have helped a fellow Christian in France in the early 1800s. I don't flaunt the law but, I will not turn my back on friends.:)
     
  24. fletcher

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    In NC, yes. (At least in Wake County. A 'loan' is not viewed as a transfer according to the Sherrif's office, so it's OK)
     
  25. Lupinus

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    legal? yeah

    smart? probably not
     
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