Yes or No
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Yes or No
It depends on the state the LPR (lawful permanent resident) resides in. A green card holder is the same as an LPR.
Here's a link that answers your question:
Scroll down and you'll see the individual state lawsIn general, non-immigrant aliens are forbidden to possess any firearms or ammunition. But there is a big exception for a legal alien who:
...is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued in the United States
(See Title 18, USC Chapter 44, Section 922, part (y)(2) for details.)
Green-card holders and immigrant aliens who do not yet have their green card are both okay under federal law, although many people (including gun dealers, law enforcement officers, etc.) are not aware of the distinction or the hunting license exception, and erroneously think that either you have a green card, or you can't have guns.
Also, non-citizen cannot purchase a firearm from a federally licensed firerams dealer unless they have been a resident of their state for 90 days. So, no, tourists on short visits cannot walk into guns stores to get "protection" during their trip. Sorry. (I've been asked that multiple times.)
"I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."
I am a Canadian resident with concealed carry permits.
As such with my ATF Form 6NIA and hunting license I can temporarily import firearms and ammunition specified on the permit into the US. Said firearms and unused ammunition must be exported when I leave the US.
I can legally carry concealed in 35 states but I cannot legally purchase a firearm or ammunition. My wife is dual US/Canadian. If she's with me, she can purchase ammunition in the US.
CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.
Yes, they can. There is even a spot on the 4473 for this purpose.
"Just blame Sixto"
• If in possession of an ATF Form 6NIA or stateside hunting license, you can purchase ammunition, but you CANNOT leave the states with the purchased ammunition, unless you have an export permit.I can legally carry concealed in 35 states but I cannot legally purchase a firearm or ammunition. My wife is dual US/Canadian. If she's with me, she can purchase ammunition in the US.
• Ammunition won as a prize, given to you, etc., CANNOT leave the states, unless you have an export permit.
"It is foolish to hunt a tiger when there are so many sheep around"
Sad part is that under Canadian law I can import 5,000rds from the US, but under US law I can't buy it.
"A coward dies a thousand deaths. But a man dies only once."
Yes federal law allows resident alien's (green card holders) to legally purchase handguns. However, in Missouri, you can not obtain a ccw permit unless you are a U.S. Citizen.
I know that wasn't asked, but thought I'd throw it out there. Regarding ccw, each individual State would regulate that matter.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
It may depend on the state, but there's court precedents saying legal resident aliens cannot be precluded from buying firearms.
"The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree..."
Nunn v. State GA 1848