Thread: Weapon Registry Question.
A friend, whose computer I am using right now, asked me a question I have never thought of before...Forgive me if this is something that may seem obvious to you all.
Does the weapon you use to either Open Carry or Concealed Carry have to be a registered weapon?
This question arose because the weapon we were talking about is an inherited weapon and has never been registered.
The ATF is allowed to inspect, as well as request a copy of the Form 4473 from the dealer during the course of a criminal investigation. Also if you buy 2 handguns in a 5 day period that must be reported to the ATF.
For more information see 27 CFR 478.124a
Last edited by slapmonkay; 06-12-2012 at 11:26 PM.
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I carry a spare tire, in case I have a flat. I carry life insurance, in case I die. I carry a gun, in case I need it.
Perhaps the OP is referring to the DOL "registry" created by the required forms for pistol sales in this state?
And there ARE gun registries in America. New York, Commiefornia, Las Vegas, etc...
But to directly answer the OP's question,
There is NO "official" handgun registration in the state of Washington. The DOL thing notwithstanding, you are free to carry an inherited or privately purchased handgun that's never been "reported" to the DOL.
It is very wise to not take a watermelon lightly.
Trust me if you buy your gun from a FFL they have it in their system.
I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.
U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
"Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)
SVG, if I remember correctly, the last time you were arrested (not that you will be again) you noted that the LEOs had all your weapons listed, to include weapons you were just THINKING about purchasing.
"Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference .When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." -- George Washington
As to the other point, I wasn't born yesterday, and it's pretty darn hard for me to believe the government does not collect and retain purchase information from FFL sales. It's just too much good information for them to pass up when it's right there for the taking. Maybe I'm wrong, but there's a reason I haven't purchased anything but ammo from an FFL for a few years now...This form may be voluntarily submitted by the seller or transferor to report the sale, transfer of ownership, loss, or other disposition of a pistol or revolver. RCW 9.41
Last edited by ManInBlack; 06-13-2012 at 09:52 AM.
This is the kind of thing that leads to tragic boating/canoeing/kayaking/hiking/climbing accidents.
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As a dispatcher when I check a name for firearms permit, it will show any handguns purchased in Washington, even if you donít have a CWP. It will note the make, model, caliber, date of purchase. Along with the personís name/birth date address (all the information from your driverís license); so in a sense, we do have a handgun registration system.
See big brother is watching, pass the heavy duty roll of tin foil.
The original question that my friend asked was because he was thinking about starting to carry and he wanted to know that the gun his father purchased back in 1971 would be "legal" to carry since it was never "registered" (I guess in any context, since neither of us were sure what types of registries there might be in WA)