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Buying pistols: You have to be 21 to buy a handgun in the United States. But I recently herd that if you are under 21, but over 18, you can have someone over the age of 21 buy a pistol then the person that is under 21 but over 18 can buy the pistol off the over 21 person (used handgun) then have it registered in your name. Is there any truth to this? Can someone under 21 by a used pistol and have it registered to them?

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from bruisedsausage wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Not sure, but that sounds like a "straw" purchase which is illegal.

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from scrawford8872 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

^ sure does. I wouldent advise trying to find loop holes in laws like that.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Sounds like a trip to the bars hotel to me.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I looked into the same thing a year or two ago. You can be 18 and own a handgun, but you have to be 21 to buy one from a FFL. I'm not exactly sure how you go about getting to own the gun in the first place though.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I believe I'd consult your friendly neighborhood state trooper with that unless you prefer to meet him professionally after he finds out about your transaction.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I suppose that if your father or some older relative bought the gun and gave it to you as a present, it would be okay.

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from lovetohunt wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

pbshooter

Thats kinda what I was thinking as well.

It"s kinda like saying you can drink when your 18 but you cant buy Alcohol until your 21... Doesnt make sense.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

When you buy a firearm and you fill out the paperwork the first question that is asked is "I am purchasing this firearm for myself and no one else." that means that it is illegal to buy a firearm for someone else. I have always thought this was foolish because I have been given firearms as gifts and I have boughten firearms for people, still never heard of buying a gun and registering it in someone elses name.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Out here in middle America you can literally buy and sell firearms at garage sales. After all your personal property is yours to do with as you see fit. Where in the Constitution, the law of the land, would you find justification for any other approach.

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Wait so how old would I have to be for my grandpa to give me his .357 magnum.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Federal law allows the sale of firearms between private parties residing in the same state so long as the purchaser is at least 18 years old. That includes handguns.
I think gifts are in an entirely different category, and handguns may be given to juveniles only with the permission of the parent or guardian, and only for specific purposes, such as ranching, hunting or target shooting.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

lovetohunt-

i was doing some research on this in MI a few weeks ago because i wanted to take my dads handgun out and hunt. in MI, you can hunt with a handgun if your 18, but IT MUST be registered in your name, no exceptions. im going to have my dad transfer his .41 mag into my name next time im home so i can legally transport and hunt with it.

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from Carl Huber wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

In New York it's simple everybody is going to jail for 10 years! Other places might not be so strict. If your using a relatives gun; who knows. Ask your local law enforcement.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

A very gray area. Lot of contradicting laws confuse us all. Federal law says you must be 21 to purchase a firearm, does this mean if you bought a handgun from and individual that you would have both committed a crime?
You must be 21 to buy alcohol, unless you buy it from a bootlegger who cares not who he sells it to, but when the bootlegger sells to a juvenile, he is guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, among many other violations, and the juvenile is guilty of under aged possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Talk to the DA in you city, I would hope that he would know what the state laws are concerning this matter.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Side note: It is all BS; how many troops under the age of 21 serving in the military carry sidearms? The legal age needs some looking at.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

But the Military only carries under orders, in uniform. They don't go wandering around with them. And they don't belong to them, they are "under loan".

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from Joe Kidd wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

When I was a young Marine, I carried a 1911 for a sidearm. It wasn't a GI piece either. My command never said a word. I was 18 / 19.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

State laws on this vary. Get familiar with the laws of your state. Some states have nearly the same freedoms that our forefathers had. Others have freedoms similar to the Soviet Union. Check it out thoroughly.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Even if your state laws are very lenient about firearms possession, you could very easily be in violation of federal law. A shooter has to be conscious of both federal and local laws.
I think it was Richmond, Virginia that launched "Operation Exile," in which the city yielded jurisdiction over to the feds for firearms possession during the commission of a crime, and a conviction resulted in a mandatory five-year sentence.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Jeff4066,
Ya, so what's your point?

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Federal law allows the sale of firearms between private parties residing in the same state so long as the purchaser is at least 18 years old. That includes handguns.
I think gifts are in an entirely different category, and handguns may be given to juveniles only with the permission of the parent or guardian, and only for specific purposes, such as ranching, hunting or target shooting.

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from bruisedsausage wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Not sure, but that sounds like a "straw" purchase which is illegal.

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I suppose that if your father or some older relative bought the gun and gave it to you as a present, it would be okay.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Out here in middle America you can literally buy and sell firearms at garage sales. After all your personal property is yours to do with as you see fit. Where in the Constitution, the law of the land, would you find justification for any other approach.

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from Carl Huber wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

In New York it's simple everybody is going to jail for 10 years! Other places might not be so strict. If your using a relatives gun; who knows. Ask your local law enforcement.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

A very gray area. Lot of contradicting laws confuse us all. Federal law says you must be 21 to purchase a firearm, does this mean if you bought a handgun from and individual that you would have both committed a crime?
You must be 21 to buy alcohol, unless you buy it from a bootlegger who cares not who he sells it to, but when the bootlegger sells to a juvenile, he is guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, among many other violations, and the juvenile is guilty of under aged possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Talk to the DA in you city, I would hope that he would know what the state laws are concerning this matter.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Side note: It is all BS; how many troops under the age of 21 serving in the military carry sidearms? The legal age needs some looking at.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

When I was a young Marine, I carried a 1911 for a sidearm. It wasn't a GI piece either. My command never said a word. I was 18 / 19.

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from DakotaMan wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

State laws on this vary. Get familiar with the laws of your state. Some states have nearly the same freedoms that our forefathers had. Others have freedoms similar to the Soviet Union. Check it out thoroughly.

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from scrawford8872 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

^ sure does. I wouldent advise trying to find loop holes in laws like that.

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from Sarge01 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Sounds like a trip to the bars hotel to me.

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from pbshooter1217 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I looked into the same thing a year or two ago. You can be 18 and own a handgun, but you have to be 21 to buy one from a FFL. I'm not exactly sure how you go about getting to own the gun in the first place though.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

I believe I'd consult your friendly neighborhood state trooper with that unless you prefer to meet him professionally after he finds out about your transaction.

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from lovetohunt wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

pbshooter

Thats kinda what I was thinking as well.

It"s kinda like saying you can drink when your 18 but you cant buy Alcohol until your 21... Doesnt make sense.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

When you buy a firearm and you fill out the paperwork the first question that is asked is "I am purchasing this firearm for myself and no one else." that means that it is illegal to buy a firearm for someone else. I have always thought this was foolish because I have been given firearms as gifts and I have boughten firearms for people, still never heard of buying a gun and registering it in someone elses name.

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from bass bomber wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Wait so how old would I have to be for my grandpa to give me his .357 magnum.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

lovetohunt-

i was doing some research on this in MI a few weeks ago because i wanted to take my dads handgun out and hunt. in MI, you can hunt with a handgun if your 18, but IT MUST be registered in your name, no exceptions. im going to have my dad transfer his .41 mag into my name next time im home so i can legally transport and hunt with it.

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from Jeff Bowers wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

But the Military only carries under orders, in uniform. They don't go wandering around with them. And they don't belong to them, they are "under loan".

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Even if your state laws are very lenient about firearms possession, you could very easily be in violation of federal law. A shooter has to be conscious of both federal and local laws.
I think it was Richmond, Virginia that launched "Operation Exile," in which the city yielded jurisdiction over to the feds for firearms possession during the commission of a crime, and a conviction resulted in a mandatory five-year sentence.

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 19 weeks ago

Jeff4066,
Ya, so what's your point?

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