Buying a gun as a gift.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cec, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. cec

    cec New Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    New Hampshire
    This question about if it is a good idea or not, but rather legal one.

    I was wondering about the Legalities of buying a firearm as a gift for a family member. For example, husband for wife, wife for father-in-law, mother for son. For the purposes of my question, all of the parties involved do not have anything that would prevent them from purchasing a firearm. Also, this would be a surprise gift, so showing up to the local gun store would kind of ruin the surprise.

    Is there really a legal issue here or would this fall under a straw man purchase?

    Our if you were buying the gift, is it best to just keep it to yourself?

    I have considering doing this before, but I wanted to also keep it on the light side of the force (sorry, geek poking through there).
  2. I don't know about the regestration and all of that in you state, But I believe as long as you they can't prove you knew that said person was ineligible to own a firearm, Their ain't nothing that can be done about it
    I might be wrong

  3. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    Unless they (the BATF) have changed the yellow sheet (form 4473) there is a question whether or not this firearm is being purchased for you or not. I personally would not suggest placing an out and out lie on a federal form. However if you buy a personal weapon say today. Then next week or next year, what ever, you decide you no longer want this weapon. It is fairly easy to transfer it to someone else.You can also store your personal weapon at someplace other than your residence. This could be somewhat touchy unless the individual is a family member,especially if that person turns out to have something in their past that would prohibit them from owning or possession of a weapon. I personally would take my family member to the local shop that I intended to purchase the weapon,Let them pick out the one they want.Either, let them pay for it with funds you have provided or reimburse them after you leave the store.They fill out the paperwork-not you!! I am not saying that I wouldn't give a weapon that I own to one of the two friends I have. Oh Yea by the way, these are FRIENDS, not people I know from work or wherever. They are individuals that I would trust with my babies lives, not just my life. I feel damn lucky to have such friends. Either way Good Luck and Be Careful. Just another rant from me. catfish
  4. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas
    as I understand it has to be for buyer-but how long buyer keeps said gun before deciding to give to some one elseis anyones guess. You might find you don't care for gun the day after you buy it.:D
  5. Coltonator

    Coltonator New Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    My Dad who lives in Texas buys me guns for christmas every year. I live in California and all we have to do is send the BATF 19 bucks to get them put in my Mother's name. Its fairly simple and only takes one form.
  6. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Sure am glad I lives in Idyho. I agree with catfish on this one.

    I have made gifts of sidearms in the past but only after they've resided in my safe for a while.
  7. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 New Member

    Aug 23, 2003
    The form 4473 asks if you are the purchaser of said firearm, if giving as a gift to someone who can own firearms then yes you are the purchaser. This is in there to prevent strawman purchases.
    Call your local office and ask but I have never know anyone to get into trouble when all parties were legal.
  8. cec

    cec New Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    New Hampshire
    Thanks for the replies. I figured this had come up a few times.

    I was also thinking that I could use my local range/FFL to transfer to firearm to the person once I purchase it.
  9. charagrin

    charagrin Former Guest

    Mar 6, 2007
    I am under the age limit to buy guns, so I just tell my grams which one I want and give her the money to get it. My only suggestion woukld be to write on a piece of paper,"I transfer legal ownership to so and so, and all legal problems pertaining to the firearm afore mentioned now pertain to so and so." Then have them sign it. Make a copy for each of you, and have done with it. Make it clear that you are no longer to be held for legal problems about the gun.
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