Transferring Handgun ownership

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  • 12-23-2009 2:03 PM

    • Mike0405
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    Transferring Handgun ownership

    I have a handgun that I wish to give to my brother-in-law. I live in NC and he lives in SC. I purchased the weapon legally from a dealer here in NC of course. My brother-in-law has an SC concealed carry permit and can legally purchase and possess handguns in SC.

    I am trying to figure out how to legally transfer ownership of the weapon to him. I don't want to break any laws from ignorance. I am assuming I cannot just give it to him but am not sure what if anything I need to do.

  • 12-23-2009 3:15 PM In reply to

    Re: Transferring Handgun ownership

    Actually, you probably can "just give it to him".

    Most states don't have any issues with private party transactions.

    It's getting it to him that's the issue.

    The NRA website has guides to federal and state firearms laws:

    http://www.nraila.org/...

    http://www.nraila.org/...

    But probably the quickest way to get an answer is to visit USA Carry's website.

    You'll have to register but you'll be able to post the question on the state forums that are specific to NC and SC:

    http://www.usacarry.co...

    There are many knowledgable gun owners on that and other gun forums.

    You should get answers pretty quickly.

    I'm betting that the end result is that you can pack it unloaded in a locked case in your trunk and drive to your brother-in-law's house and give it too him.

    I'd make two copies of a receipt (even for zero dollars) with the description and serial number and both your signatures. Each of you keep a copy with your records. I would also give him photocopies of your purchase documents, you keep the originals.

    • The right of the people 
    • to keep and bear arms,
    • shall not be infringed.
  • 01-06-2010 1:59 PM In reply to

    • Mike0405
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    Re: Transferring Handgun ownership

    Called and talked with an ATF agent here in NC and he told me I'd have to arrange a transfer with a dealer in SC and ship it to that dealer and then my BiL can pick it up from them.

  • 01-06-2010 6:20 PM In reply to

    Re: Transferring Handgun ownership

    Mike0405:
    Called and talked with an ATF agent here in NC and he told me I'd have to arrange a transfer with a dealer in SC and ship it to that dealer and then my BiL can pick it up from them.

    That's true if you want to ship it to him.

    But you may not have to do that if you take it to him.

    Check out the Guide to Interstate Transportation of Firearms:

    http://www.nraila.org/...

    However, according to NC statutes he must get a permit to receive the handgun or have a NC concealed carry permit.

    The requirement applies to commercial sales AND private party transactions.

    See NC statute 14-402:

    http://www.ncleg.net/E...

    Don't rely just on my interpretation, but it seems to read that only the purchaser or receiver of the pistol must be a resident.

    Here's a more comprehensive summary of NC firearms laws:

    http://www.jus.state.n...

    By the way, if you decide to ship it from dealer to dealer, check around at both ends, as dealers charge a variety of fees and you shouldn't pay much more than about $25 at each end.

    Just make sure that your brother has the proper permit. Personally, if I was shipping to my own brother I would want a copy of his permit before I shipped it. Just to avoid any misunderstandings.

     

     

     

     

    • The right of the people 
    • to keep and bear arms,
    • shall not be infringed.
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