Gun as a gift? not "strawman"

Gun as a gift? not "strawman"

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    Gun as a gift? not "strawman"

    I wish to give a gun as a gift to a friend who is clean (no criminal record) and was wondering if anyone had any input on such an action from a federal standpoint. I see this more as a transfer between two private citizens and the only law that I am aware of is, that I can not do this type of transaction with a "known felon"..advise away guys.


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    Probably the safest way - altho in many states not really necessary (in state) - would be to transfer your purchase to the friend via an FFL - that would mandate a NICs check and so keep things clean.

    Straw purchases are very much in the media limelight these days and as a CYA manouver, an FFL transfer seems pretty bullet proof.
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    No it is not a strawman purchase. Buying it for your own use ( it is irrelevant that your use is to give as a gift). Since you know the recipients history you know you are not giving to an unauthorized person. This is usually the case when a paarent gives a child a firearm.

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    While not straw purchase if recipient known to be 'clean' - it is IMO easier to gift to spouse or siblings ... ''in family'' that much safer than ''friend''.
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    No, that doesn't meet the definition of a straw purchase from my understanding.

    Personally, I would recommend once you have purchased a firearm, to never, never, never sell or give it away. You can never get enough.

    Seriously if your going to give it as a gift, I would go to a local FFL that will do the transfer for minimal dollars and have it transfered into your friends name if they are not an immediate family member. Nothing against your friend, but they should understand.
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    In Las Vegas, Nevada which requires handgun registration you would simply complete the transfer at the police station, if your friend could pass the Brady check all would be legal. This is assuming that he is instate, if not you would be required to use an FFL holder for legal transfer.

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    If you are purchasing the firearm with your own funds, with no knowledge that the intended recipient is prohibited from owning a firearm, you should be fine.

    See note 1 on the 4473 instructions: http://www.atf.gov/forms/4473/page03.htm
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    Laws differ in different states. Here in Ky. no registration is needed for a FTF deal or a gift.

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    Depends on state laws. If your friend can legally own a gun (read FFL transfer), it is not a straw purchase under federal law.
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