If you plan on celebrating this Christmas and holiday season through the gifting of a firearm, there are a few things to keep in mind.
We have the following recommendations based on feedback from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade group for the American firearms industry.
With the gift-buying season upon us, it’s natural for gun owners to want to give the gift of a gun. But giving a gun brings responsibilities and legal obligations. Let us look at some of them.
First off, consider giving a gift card. It’s a much easier way to give the gift of a gun. They’ll be able to get exactly what they want and there’s no question about who bought it-- which is a question the purchaser must certify on the Federal Form 4473 at the time of purchase from a licensed firearm dealer. If you have questions about the paperwork, the dealer is there to help.
Can You Buy a Gun Online?
When it comes to buying a gun online, Guns.com is one of the best ways to do this. A licensed firearms dealer, we have a huge selection that is always changing. Simply browse or search for what you're looking for, or see recommendations from our staff or from other consumers. We do the legwork to find the closest local gun store to your location where your order can be shipped to, and once it arrives, we will send you a notification that it is ready for pickup.
Should you have a firearm that you are transferring ownership to a lucky person as a gift, you must verify that the intended recipient can legally own a firearm. The next question is whether the person can own the gifted firearm where he or she lives. There are thousands of gun laws related to ammunition, magazines, and age restrictions so be careful.
Be sure to do your research to avoid legal issues.
Mailing a Gun as a Gift
In general, if you give a gun as a gift out of state, you must send it via a licensed firearms retailer, or FFL.
California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington State, and the District of Columbia require you to transfer a firearm through an FFL even if you both live within the same state.
Maryland and Pennsylvania require a background check for a private party transfer of a handgun. You can only ship a handgun by common carrier (not U.S. Mail) and a long gun by U.S. mail or common carrier.
With all carriers, federal law requires you to declare that your package contains an unloaded firearm.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when giving a gun as a gift. Again, the easiest way is to give a gift card or cash to use on Guns.com
Check out the below video on gifting a gun, and for more pointers, visit the NSSF.