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Nh Purchasing Laws

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by pdowg881, May 17, 2006.

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  1. pdowg881

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    I have been looking over the laws for purchase and ownership of a handgun, and the only thing I can find is it is unlawful for a minor to have possession. I am 18 and had wanted to purchase one, but just for shooting out in my woods and things like that. Of course I'm to young to carry and have no intent to do so anyways. So what would the situation be if I went to a gunstore asking if I could purchase a handgun?
     
  2. Third_Rail

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    They'd tell you no, as there's a Federal law preventing FFLs (gunstores) from selling you handguns until you're 21. Private transfers are OK in NH before 21, over 18, IIRC. Check with a lawyer.
     
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    Thats a crappy law. :mad: Becuase since I'm 18 I must be a hooligan drug dealing gang member who wants to stick a gun in the crotch of my pants and threaten to pop caps in people's asses while listening to music about murdering people.
     
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    Quick reply by the way, it took less than a minute for an answer.
     
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    That's my specialty.

    Look in to black powder pistols; legal to buy at any age in NH, I believe, and you can buy them at 18 for certain. A lilttle slower to load, but more fun, more work cleaning, but again more fun. A thinking man's firearm.

    Check out the black powder forum, it's a little lower on the site here.
     
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    That doesn't serem very appealing to me, however bp rifles and muskets are pretty fun. But on the legal issue, if I buy a handgun from someone who is of legal age in a private sale, is that legal?
     
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    I'm not certain of that, ask a NH lawyer.
     
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    Any NH people here?
     
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    From my copy of the BATF State Laws and Published Ordinances - 2005:

    New Hampshire
    159.12. Sale to Minors.


    Any person who shall sell, barter, hire, lend or give to any minor any pistol or revolver shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to fathers, mothers, guardians, administrators or executors who give a revolver to their children or wards or to heirs of an estate.
     
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    So minor here means under 21, not under 18 right? Becuase this is what I was confused about
     
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    "Minor" is a slippery term with variable definitions. Perhaps a simple phone call to the AG's office would provide an answer. The source I used for the quote in my previous post does not define the term.
     
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    I hate how laws are never clearly defined
     
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    Like I said; ask an NH lawyer. Better yet, call the NH AG as was recommended; it's his job.
     
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    Sale to Juveniles

    Shotguns, rifles and the ammunition for shotguns or rifles can be sold to anyone over 18 years old. It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector to sell or deliver any other type of firearm or ammunition to someone younger than 21 years.

    The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 made it unlawful for any person to sell, deliver or otherwise transfer a handgun or ammunition only suitable for a handgun to anyone younger than 18 years old. It is also illegal for persons under the age of 18 to knowingly possess a handgun or ammunition only suitable for a handgun.
    http://www.csgv.org/research/laws/index.cfm
    Aren't those kind of contradictory? Yet there were written one right after the other. One says no person under 21 can buy something OTHER than a rifle or shotgun, but the second says younger than 18? ***:mad: WHY CANT THERE BE AN EASY:cuss: ANSWER! HAS THIS SCENARIO NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE? SOMEONE UNDER 21 IN NH ASKING TO PURCHASE A HANDGUN ***:cuss: :cuss: :cuss::banghead: :banghead: pardon my french. (These are federal laws BTW)
     
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    I think i found it

    A person must be 21 years of age to purchase a handgun or handgun ammunition, and 18 years of age to buy a rifle or shotgun or ammunition, from a retail firearm dealer. (GCA, 1968)

    Guess this cancels out the other laws?
     
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    WAIT WHATS THIS?


    State Laws


    The following is a list of additional restrictions imposed by individual states. Please note that cities and localities may have their own firearms ordinances in addition to federal and state laws. Some information on some of these laws is published in the BATF`s State Laws and Published Ordinances -- Firearms, available from the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 and on the web at www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/statelaws/. However, laws change, so you should always confirm the law with the appropriate federal state and local law enforcement agencies.

    New Hampshire - None


    SO WHATS UP WITH THE PREVIOUS STATE LAWS I FOUND? I GIVE UP. I SHOULDNT HAVE TO CALL A FREAKING LAWYER FOR THIS CRAP. BACK TO MY RIFLES:scrutiny:
     
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    Just think...you have a whole lifetime of this sort of stuff ahead of you! :evil:

    Isn't dealing with the gummint fun???
     
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    Just go up to Riley's in Hooksett and ask them.
     
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    What's Riley's?
    A local gunstore should know this right? Or do they just interpret the term miunor as they see fit? I'll just cut my rifle down to the action and 2 inches of barrel. lol. That would be easier than me legally getting a handgun.
     
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    Sure, and if you're caught with it, you'll have your gun ownership options clearly defined for the rest of your life.
     
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    Call any NH Gun Shop.

    NH Laws are referred to as RSAs (Revised Statutes Annotated). Here's a link to Title XII: Public Safety and Welfare

    Section 159:12
    159:12 Sale to Minors. – Any person who shall sell, barter, hire, lend or give to any minor any pistol or revolver shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to fathers, mothers, guardians, administrators or executors who give a revolver to their children or wards or to heirs to an estate.
    Source. 1923, 118:7. PL 149:12. RL 179:12. RSA 159:12. 1973, 528:87, eff. at 11:59 P.M., Oct. 31, 1973.

    I couldn't find a real definition of "Minor" and I assume it is under 21. Maybe get your father, mother, guardian, administrator or executor to give you a revolver. There appears to be no age restriction on a carry permit.

    Some other sites:
    Packing.org,

    Gun Owners of NH
     
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    pdowg881, that would be a short barreled rifle as defined by the NFA of 1934. Can't do that.
     
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    I am by no means an expert on the law. I have never seen a reference to "minors" meaning anything other than "persons under the age of 18".

    Call the state's AG office to double-check the definiton of "minor", just to be safe, but plan on only being able to purchase a handgun from a private party until you turn 21.
     
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    WeedWhacker's correct, most states, including New Hampshire, define a minor as under 18 years of age.

    From the U.S. Code: 18 USC Sec. 922

    All of which makes me wonder about the NH provision "...fathers, mothers, guardians, administrators or executors who give a revolver to their children or wards or to heirs to an estate."

    Lawyer time.
     
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    I believe that laws regulating the sale of alcohol define "minor" as someone under the age of 21. Like I said in an earlier post, it can be a slippery term.
     
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