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    Question about transfer of handguns between private parties

    I'm pretty sure there are no restrictions, but I want to be 100% sure. I have a friend who is pretty anti-gun. I mean DARN anti-gun. Anyway, come to find out that he has an older handgun that belonged to his dad. (I'm not giving too many details yet....) Anyway, he doesn't want it, but no one else in his family wants it either. So he keeps it in a closet unloaded, I know, sad. So I'm trying to convince him, so far unsuccessfully, that he should let me have it so he doesn't have to be afraid. I doubt I'll be successful, but let's say I am. Are there any specific laws regarding him just giving my the gun? I don't think he'll sell it because he wouldn't want to "profit" from a gun. And it was his dad's. So it would be a simple hand over.

    (PS, if I am successful I'll give you all the details.)

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    Other than him being reasonably sure you're not a nutjob felon and you making sure that he didn't steal it, nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobiushky View Post
    I'm pretty sure there are no restrictions, but I want to be 100% sure. I have a friend who is pretty anti-gun. I mean DARN anti-gun. Anyway, come to find out that he has an older handgun that belonged to his dad. (I'm not giving too many details yet....) Anyway, he doesn't want it, but no one else in his family wants it either. So he keeps it in a closet unloaded, I know, sad. So I'm trying to convince him, so far unsuccessfully, that he should let me have it so he doesn't have to be afraid. I doubt I'll be successful, but let's say I am. Are there any specific laws regarding him just giving my the gun? I don't think he'll sell it because he wouldn't want to "profit" from a gun. And it was his dad's. So it would be a simple hand over.

    (PS, if I am successful I'll give you all the details.)
    Yes, there is no problem.

    There is no paperwork or background or liscensing or registration or law or any requirement here in Colorado what so ever, if you are both private individuals and neither of you has a Federal Firearms Liscense.

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    As it stands right now, he isn't deciding. But he said if he ever does decide to give it up, he'll think of me first. In his words, he knows it would get a good home with me and that's important to him. So, who knows.

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    Got a safe? Seriously, simply offer to store it for him. Explain that if his house gets broken into and someone steals the gun, well, you get the picture. Tell him it's the responsible thing to do (locking it up).

    After a period of time he'll probably just give it to you.

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    It may make him feel better if you offer to use a bill of sale. He might see it as the "more legal" way even though private transfers require no paperwork. Here is a good one created by one of the OCDO members, User, who also happens to be an attorney.

    http://virginialegaldefense.com/Stuf...ransferBOS.PDF

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsd View Post
    It may make him feel better if you offer to use a bill of sale. He might see it as the "more legal" way even though private transfers require no paperwork. Here is a good one created by one of the OCDO members, User, who also happens to be an attorney.

    http://virginialegaldefense.com/Stuf...ransferBOS.PDF
    THANK YOU for that link!! =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsd View Post
    It may make him feel better if you offer to use a bill of sale. He might see it as the "more legal" way even though private transfers require no paperwork. Here is a good one created by one of the OCDO members, User, who also happens to be an attorney.

    http://virginialegaldefense.com/Stuf...ransferBOS.PDF
    Thank you! I have about 13 bills of sale in my safe, and ALL are handwritten. I could never find a decent template for a firearm one.
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    User/Attorney Dan Hawes has produced an excellent one that covers all bases:

    http://virginialegaldefense.com/Stuf...ransferBOS.PDF
    Last edited by Grapeshot; 06-07-2012 at 11:38 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesB View Post
    Yes, there is no problem.

    There is no paperwork or background or liscensing or registration or law or any requirement here in Colorado what so ever, if you are both private individuals and neither of you has a Federal Firearms Liscense.
    As long as you are both CO residents or active duty military. A bill of sale is always a good idea, however, and you should pay him $1. The bill should state, "for value received..." you do not have to note the price paid.
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