Buying a pistol as a present?

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    Buying a pistol as a present?

    I'm thinking of getting my dad a Springfield XD 9mm Subcompact for Christmas. I live in Tennessee and he lives in Alabama. What would be the legalities involved in transferring it to him?

    Or....if that gets too weird, I could just give him the equivalent amount of money and then take him to the gun store. In that case, would he have any problems, as an Alabama resident, buying it here in Tennessee?

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    He'd need to buy in Alabama. You can give him money, or even pay the gun shop yourself.

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    Is that an Alabama thing or is there some federal law I am not aware of?

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    Fed. GCA68, I believe.

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    You can buy the gun and sent it to a FFL that is close to him.

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    id guess that sending the money to a gun store near where he lives would be the easiest. so he just goes and picks it up / fills out paperwork
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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    id guess that sending the money to a gun store near where he lives would be the easiest. so he just goes and picks it up / fills out paperwork
    yup otherwise you will end up paying shipping and transfer fee

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    Everyone's right. While there are some grey areas concerning giving firearms as gifts, you still can't transfer a pistol across state lines without sending it to a valid FFL holder.

    Since he is going to have to fill out a 4473 anyhow, you might as well pay for a gun at one of his local gun shops (and tell him to pay a visit to it as there is a surprise waiting for him). Better yet, if he visits a local gun store frequently, I wouldn't even tell him about the surprise. I would just arrange it so the next time he shows up, the store owner would say "Your son says happy birthday", and hands him the gun, a pen and a 4473 form. That would certainly make my day.
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    Excellent suggestion Jeff! I'd be floored if that happened to me!
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    Thanks, guys. What I'll probably do is contact the gun shop that's local to him (if they sell XD's) , get the price, then send him a check.
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    in Texas it would be no problem. sending him the money seems the best solution here though.
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    As you see there are ways to do it. If you plan on visiting him the best way is to buy the pistol with him in his town and let him fill out the paperwork. You could also buy the pistol and take it to him yourself (guessing he is eligible to possess a firearm). The remaining ways are to send the gun FFL to FFL and have him pick it up or send him the money.

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    My humble understanding - and it is quite humble, is that pistol shipping sucks. I am not sure if it is so much a legal or a policy issue, but he (a friend of mine with an FFL) basically told me there were very few shipping options out there.

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    I still think pre-paying for the gun, then having a birthday card at the shop is wonderful! You or the shop could call him about a delivery in his name, and to come down and pick it up.
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