Do I leave it with her?

Do I leave it with her?

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    Unhappy Do I leave it with her?

    Please gimme your feedback on this...My wife and I are getting a divorce. She moved out about three months ago to 'have some time to sort out her feelings'. Now she says her feelings have not changed and she wants to proceed with a divorce.
    When she left, she kept a Kel-Tec P11 I bought for her about two years ago due to her work location. She knows how to use it and either keeps it locked in her car or where she lives now. All the Federal paperwork that had to be filled out at the time of purchase is in my name. I have multiple other guns, so it's not like I am without, but should I ask for this back when it comes time to split up assets? Should I let her keep it for personal protection when our two sons are with her?


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    Let her keep it................for $200?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Let her keep it................for $200?
    muahahahahaha. That just needed to be followed with an evil laugh.


    Anyway, nothing meaningful to add. You did say you bought it for her, but if it were me I might mention getting it back to her.

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    I would probably just let her keep it too.
    It was given as a gift and maybe not worth
    an argument. Of course legally you could get
    it back if you wanted since it is in your name
    and you paid for it. Also maybe depends on how nice
    she has been about other things through this hard time
    if you want it back or not

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    If you two are still 'talking', ask her if she really wants that gun to 'remember you by'...
    If she wants it, let go...perhaps she'll just give it back.
    Either way, I wouldn't worry about it...life is too short...move on...
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    First, what are the laws regarding the transfer of ownership of firearms? Save yourself any headaches (unless you really want it ) and transfer it into her name, and get yourself something else! Unless she want's to give it back!

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    Edited to add: If you do transfer it to her, don't forget to have a bill of sale (even if give it to her at no cost) just to CYA.

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    Let her have it.

    Put it in the paperwork that she has the weapon and you are letting her keep it.

    It will be on court record and goes to show you care about her safety and the safety of your children. Believe it or not, it's a good thing.
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    She may need it to protect the children, let her keep it. Just make sure it is in the divorce settlement that it is now in her possession and no longer your property. Just a CYA thing.

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    I'd let her keep it. In a divorce there are too many other things to worry about. Besides, do want to leave her and your kids without any means of protection?
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    You should only take the gun back if you think she is going to commit a crime with it (hmm, how nasty was this divorce?).

    Otherwise, let her keep it. Especially since she knows how to use it, and she will have your sons with her some of the time.

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    Or, if it will make you feel better, you can have her sign a bill of sale so that you have documentation that she now owns the gun. Here is a link to a free one: http://rasj.org/FBOS/firearm-bill-of-sale-2.doc

    Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. Just trying to help a guy out.

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    As Tubby said, let her keep it and make sure that it's spelled out in the divorce decree that she is in possession of it and ownership is transferred to her. I'd even list the serial number. Unless your home state requires it, there is no Federal requirement for a FFL transfer between private parties who are residents of the same state.

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    Sorry to hear about the divorce. I had a rough one, hope yours is smooth.

    As for the firearm, let her keep it. It may give good will that she wont ask for any others. Remember, in a marriage its 50/50, and she could ask for more of them just to spite you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J Bowen View Post
    Of course legally you could get
    it back if you wanted since it is in your name
    and you paid for it.
    You might get it back pursuant to a divorce court decree which divides up the property, but that usually is within the discretion of the judge. Otherwise, your legal reasoning is quite wrong.
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