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    I am 18 and I have grown up around guns. The vast majority of my family own multiple guns, attend gun shows, etc. It was only natural that I took a trip to shooter's supply here in Louisville (where I live) on my 18th birthday and bought a Stag Arms AR15. While I love shooting it, I have always liked taking pistols to the range and friends farms, etc. Until recently, I had never really known about open carry. I always assumed that when I turned 21, I would go get my permit for concealed carry and that would be that. Having since discovered open carry, am I right in my understanding that I can open carry at 18? Furthermore, I know that I can't go down to the gun store and buy a pistol myself, but if my dad buys a pistol and gives it to me, does that then make it mine and can I then openly carry it? It's not something that I would plan on doing often but I would like to have the option of doing so. I would appreciate any help you guys can offer. Thanks.

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    correct me if I'm wrong but If you explicitly ask someone to buy a gun which is really going to be for you it's a straw purchase. Not that I know how the government could prove that, but I wouldn't be openly asking that question on the internet. You can recieve a pistol as a gift from your parents or buy it from another adult. You just can't buy it from an FFL. It's a dumb law. Makes no sense. You alraedy own an AR-15. What difference doesit make if it's a pistol. Welcome to the forums.

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    From what I remember it is only a straw purchase if you pay someone to buy a firearm for you that you would be ineligible to purchase. So if you paid your father to buy a pistol from a FFL you would technically be breaking the law. However if your father gave the pistol to you as a Christmas present it would be legal (assuming you aren't ineligible to possess a firearm) since you did not pay him for the weapon.

    I believe it is perfectly legal for you to buy a pistol from a non-FFL in a private transaction, such as during a gun show. It is also legal for you to open carry at the age of 18. However if you look younger than 21 be prepared to get a lot of attention.

    It is kind of crazy that you can legally buy a long rifle which has more firepower and magazine capacity than a pistol that you can't legally buy.

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    Yes you may carry a handgun openly at 18 years of age.

    You can buy from a private source, but not a dealer unless it is a long gun.

    An adult may correctly and legally purchase a hand gun for him/her self and sign papers stating so, then decide to give it to you as a gift. Legal.

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    yes thats true (TheMrMitch)

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    What papers / documentation / procedures (if any) would need to take place for the handgun to be legally transferred to my posession from my parents?

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    tlkennedy5 wrote:
    What papers / documentation / procedures (if any) would need to take place for the handgun to be legally transferred to my posession from my parents?
    If in Kentucky....none.

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