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    After posting in Selecting a Handgun it was suggested that I become familiar with the Washington State laws about the legal age of possessing firearms.

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    http://washingtonceasefire.org/resou...-firearms-laws


    I says the federal and Washington state laws say you must be 21 to purchase and possess a handgun.

    But does that mean you have to be 21 to possess a firearm that you did not purchase, perhaps it was a gift?

    And if it's a federal law, why would it also be a state law....?

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    Washington Ceasefire is misinformed. To sell firearms as a regular business, federal law requires you acquire a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Part of the FFL contract says you cannot sell a handgun to anyone under the age of 21, though you can sell 18-21 year olds long arms. So it is not illegal for an 18 year old to purchase a handgun, but illegal for FFL dealers to sell it. 18 year olds can still purchase from private owners who do not possess an FFL, or have a handgun gifted to them. Becuase there is no federal law or RCW that outlaws the possesion of a handgun to 18 year olds, it is assumed to be legal. Be aware, I am not a lawyer, this is just my personal interpretation of the law.

    Also, I suggest reading the FAQs at the top of the Washington page, and the laws themselves, which can be found here http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41

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    Merci.

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    Yeah if you are over 18, but under 21 you can legally posess a handgun. I did when I was 19, I bought it through a private transaction. Since it was a .22 I always had ammo for it too.

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    hmm, anyone near the Kent area have a handgun for sale? would like to spend some time at the range with a handgun before I turn 21.

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    champion arms has rentals http://championarms.com/main.html

    might be a viable alternative for you.

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    ive been to champion many times before and even had a membership for a while but they would only let me rent long rifles or bring my 10/22, wouldnt let me rent a pistol till I was 21.

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    According to the ******* on Vodka who allowed the 6year old to posses his .45 its 6 years old. What a tragic story.
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    jbone wrote:
    According to the ******* on Vodka who allowed the 6year old to posses his .45 its 6 years old. What a tragic story.
    I know! Can a human be more stupid?!(rhetorical question ofcorse)


    It brings to mindstereotypical images of a fat slob in a wife beatersitting in his lazy boy telling his kid to go get him a beer, his playboy and his gun. Theseare the images we are fighting against!


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    you mean you lied to the clerk at walmart about what kind of gun the 22lrs were to be used in?

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    nosliw wrote:
    you mean you lied to the clerk at walmart about what kind of gun the 22lrs were to be used in?
    What he is elaborating on is the fact that handgun ammunition is restricted to 21 and up... UNLESS... it is being used in a rifle...

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    Audioautomatica wrote:
    I says the federal and Washington state laws say you must be 21 to purchase and possess a handgun.
    Since when did anti-gun activist groups start using accurate information to promote their views?

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    FMCDH wrote:
    jbone wrote:
    According to the ******* on Vodka who allowed the 6year old to posses his .45 its 6 years old. What a tragic story.
    I know! Can a human be more stupid?! (rhetorical question ofcorse)


    It brings to mindstereotypical images of a fat slob in a wife beatersitting in his lazy boy telling his kid to go get him a beer, his playboy and his gun. Theseare the images we are fighting against!
    thats the exact image I had when I heard about it at work, but he was also balding, its a terrible tragedy what happened, goes to show you that

    guns + alcohol + idiots = accident waiting to happen

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    nosliw wrote:
    you mean you lied to the clerk at walmart about what kind of gun the 22lrs were to be used in?
    Nope I ran plenty through my 10/22 as well. I was telling the truth when I said they were for a rifle.

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    bigazn13 wrote:
    hmm, anyone near the Kent area have a handgun for sale? would like to spend some time at the range with a handgun before I turn 21.
    I think what you meant to say was "Is there anyone in Kent who has a handgun for sale for my parents?" And then the parents can gift it to you.

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    jchen012 wrote:
    bigazn13 wrote:
    hmm, anyone near the Kent area have a handgun for sale? would like to spend some time at the range with a handgun before I turn 21.
    I think what you meant to say was "Is there anyone in Kent who has a handgun for sale for my parents?" And then the parents can gift it to you.
    So, do you just not bother reading threads before you post in them? It's perfectly legal for someone aged 18-20 to buy a handgun in a private party transfer.

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    jchen012 wrote:
    bigazn13 wrote:
    hmm, anyone near the Kent area have a handgun for sale? would like to spend some time at the range with a handgun before I turn 21.
    I think what you meant to say was "Is there anyone in Kent who has a handgun for sale for my parents?" And then the parents can gift it to you.
    Nope, a private party can sell a hangun to an 18-20 year old. No straw purchase though of course. If I had a handgun I was interested in selling, I would consider selling it to an 18-20 year old with the same criteria I would with any other private party transfer. Which is to say if I think the person is someone I would sell a gun to or not.

    Someone did me the favor of selling me a handgun when I was 19, I'm not inclined to forget that sort of thing.

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    Nope, a private party can sell a hangun to an 18-20 year old. No straw purchase though of course. If I had a handgun I was interested in selling, I would consider selling it to an 18-20 year old with the same criteria I would with any other private party transfer. Which is to say if I think the person is someone I would sell a gun to or not.

    Someone did me the favor of selling me a handgun when I was 19, I'm not inclined to forget that sort of thing.
    Same situation here, exactly. Bought my first pistol when I was 19 and would have the same criteria as you for a face to face sale were I to make such a sale today.

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    What are the criteria you would use in deciding whether or not to sell the gun to an individual between the ages of 18 and 21?

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    For one thing I wouldn't sell it to someone who looked "wrong" or used language that indicated to me that they wouldn't respect the weapon. I may ask to see a hunter safety card, or pick their brain about guns and chat them up a bit. I'm a salesman, I'm pretty good at feeling someone out. Also I would take down their DL number and address.

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    sv_libertarian wrote:
    I'm a salesman, I'm pretty good at feeling someone out.
    :shock:

    I for one would not sell to someone that is trying to find out what my criteria for selling to someone under 21 is. You want to find out if you meet the criteria then you will just have to wait until after my decision to sell or not is made. After that I may or may not tell you my criteria.
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    I haven't sold to anyone I didn't know already, so this is all hypothetical. I don't plan to reveal my intent to anyone that I sell a gun to. If they don't feel right, or pass the smell test, it's no deal, or they go through an FFL.

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    joeroket wrote:
    sv_libertarian wrote:
    I'm a salesman, I'm pretty good at feeling someone out.
    :shock:

    I for one would not sell to someone that is trying to find out what my criteria for selling to someone under 21 is. You want to find out if you meet the criteria then you will just have to wait until after my decision to sell or not is made. After that I may or may not tell you my criteria.
    I guess it did sound weird that I asked the criteria

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