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CCW With Wife's Gun - Is It Legal ?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Newton, Aug 10, 2005.

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  1. Newton

    Newton Member

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    My wife picked herself out a nice S&W 642 that she used (with great success) for her CHL qualification shoot, the thing is that she mostly now carries a P-3AT (which was mine) and I now carry her 642.

    So we effectively switched guns. The question is, can you legally carry a gun purchased by your spouse.

    Thanks

    Newton
     
  2. wdlsguy

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    It would be legal in Texas. Which state are you in?
     
  3. dolanp

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    Well if she qualified with a revolver she would have an NSA rating on her CHL which actually means she couldn't carry the P-3AT.
     
  4. Yowza

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    Yeah, in SC it doesn't matter what handgun you carry. I qualified with my Dad's 9mm and my wife qualified with my S&W 6" 686. Needless to say, she doesn't CCW that thing. :D

    I have heard of other states that require you to be certified with the particular firearms you intend to carry, though.

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  5. armoredman

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    As long as it's legal,(including Class 3), AZ doesn't care what you conceal, or how many of them.
     
  6. Don't Tread On Me

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    In Florida, it would be legal.


    There is no requirement to qualify with a specific firearm under a specific license. So long as you qualify, you can carry any firearm that is legally in your possession. Whether you bought it or someone let you borrow it, it's all good.


    So, swapping with your wife would be no problem at all, since both firearms are legal.


    In some states with registration schemes, this might be a problem.


    You might want to check http://www.packing.org/
     
  7. geekWithA.45

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    Legal in PA: Spousal firearms xfer is specifically supported, and the LTCF is good for any handgun.

    NOT legal in NJ, even assumming (ha!) you've got a permit: there's not spousal xfer provisions, even in your own home.

    _technically_, it's not lawful for your wife to shoot a rapist with her husband's armaments.
     
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    In the vast majority of states firearms are simply property...if it's in your possession it's yours and that's that. In states like NY each handgun is registered to specific owner(s) and can only be possessed by those people.

    As always, check with a lawyer to be sure, but seeing that you have a CCW license (or lucky enough to not need one) my guess is that if you had to register your guns you'd know it by now. The only other issue would be some odd qualification requirement. You should be able to check that at www.packing.org.
     
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    Some states' CCW permits actually list make/model/caliber (and serial#) of gun.

    Nevada's CCW - at least for out-of-state - IIRC, used to be limited to 5 guns on it. That limit is now gone, but you do have to test with the guns that are on your CCW. I am not sure if they go down to serial# level of detail but brand/model/caliber is indeed specified.

    California CCWs are apparently tied to specific guns(s)- down to serial#. Don't wanna mix & match.


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  10. countertop

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    no problem in Virginia


    Or in New Hampshire (or Georgia or Tennessee or West Virginia or Florida)
     
  11. WT

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    Thinking like a Philadelphia lawyer, it could open your wife up to a civil suit after a shooting.
     
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    Even in Texas it is no problem unless you are specifically restricted on your CHL.
     
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    Not legal in Michigan. I can carry more than one, but they have to be registered to me.
     
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    Good point.
     
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    not a problem in Minnesota, although they do recommend that you qual with at least as big as you carry. ie shoot a .45 and carry a 9mm that is good, qual with a 22 and carry a 44 mag not a good idea, but that was only suggestion.

    I can not get over this idea that you have to register a gun to your name, that just seems soo intrusive of government to me.
     
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    Just to add on to what TennTucker said about Michigan.

    If a handgun is registered to my wife not only can I not carry it, I can't even pack it in the trunk and take it to the range :banghead:
     
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    Did I miss the part where Newton tells us what state he is in?
     
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    If you did - so did I ! As one can tell real quickly it depends on your state laws .

    Minnesota ,as mentioned, would be no problem. There is nothing in our CCW laws that regulate what you carry or how many. Your carry gun is not registored with the state in that sense.

    Nothing to regulate what you qualify with either , and at least a percentage use .22 RF pistols . ( if nothing else , because the 30 rounds of .22 LR are a lot cheaper than center fire ammo)
     
  19. Greg L

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    It's fine in Ky.
     
  20. AZRickD

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    Two pet peeves. Thread titles which give no indication what is contained therein, and state law-specific questions when no state is mentioned.

    Both often add up to wasted effort.

    As well, I'd rather people with such questions just call up the local CCW governing body and ask, or look up their state statutes.

    Rick
     
  21. Newton

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    I'm in Arizona - what's scary is that one member figured it out somehow :uhoh:

    We aren't restricted to certain specific guns on our CHLs, the question really concerned spouses swapping guns. I doubt there would be an issue, but you can't be too careful an I wondered if anyone had looked into it.

    Thanks for the responses.
     
  22. hifi

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    I thought Texas is so wonderful. It's kind of a myth IMO. Plus they got some strange knife/sword laws.. I qualified with a Ruger .22 and I can carry and UZI under my coat..

    Plus we don't have to qualify anymore anyways...just take the written test.

    Newton, as long as the gun is legally owned by someone, especially immediate family and not reported stolen, it shouldn't be a problem in AZ. Now if you were packing a hot gat...then we start to run into problems..
     
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    We have all sorts of weird laws about non-firearm weapons. I was going to pick up two sets of brass knuckles: One for me, and one for Bro-in-law before he ships off to Iraq. No such luck here in Texas! I can't even have them for a paperweight! Here in the state that claims Jim Bowie, we can't carry a knife over 5 1/2" long, and it can't be a dirk, dagger, tanto, or, you guessed it, a Bowie Knife. Texas also prohibits "chemical dispensing devices," which sounds suspiciously like mace to me. Dunno about that specifically, but it seems a little silly in a place that is supposedly so weapon friendly.
     
  24. hifi

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    "Bush was here"?

    :uhoh:

    Yea, I know he signed CCW into law, but it is crappy too.
     
  25. Greg L

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    How did you come up with that conclusion? The only other mention of AZ was from armoredman who was answering the question as it pertained to his state.

    Loosen the tin foil a bit, I have it on good authority that they won't be coming for you for at least 6 months :neener: .

    Seriously though, this is a good reminder to all that read the thread that local laws vary greatly across the country. Just because you do it one way at home, that doesn't make it correct elsewhere.
     
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