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How long for residency status?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by natedog, Sep 29, 2005.

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  1. natedog

    natedog Member

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    How long do you have to live an a state to acquire residency status? Or do you just have to show proof of residency (electric bill, etc.)? In specific, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, and Tennessee, if it varies between states.
     
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    really kind of depends what the purpose of the residency is... eg, if you want it for hunting purposes, many states say 1 year. for other purposes (like actually being a resident) it is usually as soon as you leave your current state w/ the intent to make the new state your home.
     
  3. natedog

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    The intent here is to buy a gun, long gun specifically, that is not legal in my current state.
     
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    From my experience with in-state tuition requirements, you must live in a state for one year to establish residency. Same held true for GA and TX carry permits.
     
  5. CatsDieNow

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    I think just to purchase (not counting states with "purchase permits") you just need to change your driver's license to the new state. They don't ask you at purchase time how long you've been a resident.

    For a carry permit, that depends on the state's rules. Actually, I believe Texas recently changed our 6 month residency requirement so that you can just pay extra money to get a non-resident license as long as you intend to reside here.

    Yup, here we go: HB 3477
     
  6. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

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    At the federal level, they seem to be purely interested in where it is that you actually RESIDE, and note that it is possible to RESIDE in more than one state at various times through the year, as in a vacation cabin.

    The states might have their own requirements, but in general, a deed or rental contract seems to be enough to establish residency.

    When I moved to PA, I setup my DL 2 weeks after I moved in, showing my old DL and deed, and then applied for my LTCF the same day, showing my DL, which was still warm from the laminator.

    There seems to be some flexibility, but the more bona fide your residence in a state is, the better. A lot of folks from the GFW states are cautioned that while there doesn't appear to be a bright line, bona fide residency is one thing, and stretchy wishful thinking based on a friend's address or a hotel rental is another.
     
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    Please correct me if I am wrong but for long guns I believe that one can purchase them in states contiguous to your state of residence.
     
  8. kage genin

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    Perhaps in United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave, but not in California if the State deems the long gun an 'assault weapon' :fire:
     
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    Your best bet is to ask whatever other entity is involved. I moved to Indiana recently and posed the “length of residency” question to the legal forum and got a lot of different answers. Since my question really concerned the Indiana CCW permit, I called the local police department and got the strait dope from them. BTW, they told me just to get my driver’s license and stop by during business hours.
     
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    For buying guns, all you typically need is some form of state ID showing an in-state address. You can get non-driver-license state ID's at your DMV. I did that while a college student (Embry-Riddle in Prescott, AZ). I wanted to buy a Turkish Mauser at J&G in Prescott. My DL at the time was for Oregon (where my parents live). I just went to the DMV with whatever documentation they required (util. bill, rental agreement, etc) and got a state ID. Had that Mauser in my hands before the plastic had cooled from the printing.

    For tuition it varies heavilly from state to state. Nominally most states require you to live there for 1-2 years before you get in-state tuition rates. But some (e.g. Alabama) will waive that requirement if they want to get you into their university. UA in Tuscaloosa was desperate to get my wife into their Chem Eng program (since she's a woman) so they offered that, plus a scholarship without our even asking. Ultimatly we chose Arizona since I had a much better job offer there among other reasons. Some states (e.g. Kansas) will also waive that requirement if you're transferred or recruited into the state. Some (e.g. Oregon) are super anal about you not even taking a Massage for Couples class at the community college until you've been there for 2 full years. Any education during that time shows, to them, that you came to the state for the primary purpose of education so therefore they charge you out-of-state rates. AZ requires you to live here for 1 year to get residency, but you can take college classes during that time. After the year is up you can petition to have your status changed to resident.

    For hunting and fishing it again varies heavilly from state to state. I know in AZ they require you to live here for 6 months prior to applying for the tag/license unless you were stationed here my the military. Then it's only 1 month.
     
  11. benEzra

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    In NC, you establish residency by getting an NC driver's license, and to get one you actually have to prove you live in NC (utility bill in your name, etc.) but there is no statuatory time delay that I am aware of. Florida was the same way.
     
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    However, if you work for an AZ school district you can get in-state tuition right away.

    It essentially boils down to what is most advantages to the state coffers with minor exceptions such as teachers and such that still further state interests.
     
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    residency requirements to buy a gun in AZ is 3 months. I was at the crossroads of the west show earlier this month and the NOLA evacuees were housed next door to the show. An anouncement was broadcast over the tannoy system stating the 3 months residency was req'd and that we had many new residents from NOLA with valid AZ drivers licenses but they were not eligible to buy guns because of the residency requirements..
     
  14. Standing Wolf

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    It varies a great deal from state to state.

    I liked Idaho a lot, but having to wait six months after moving there to "establish residency" before exercising my Second Amendment civil rights was over the line.

    In Colorado, the official policy is that one's supposed to live here thirty days before buying guns and applying for the permit to carry concealed hand guns. I took possession of my first firearm as a Coloradan (I'd actually bought it over a year earlier when I was still a subject of the People's Republic of California,) a couple days after getting my driver's license, and made my appointment for the permit interview that same week.
     
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