What if I get my dad to buy it for me as a gift Isnt it legal for your parent to give you a handgun as a gift? Could I be there with him in the store if he purchases it and he says its for me so I can try it out at the indoor range or would that be illegal? In retrospect I think I should have put this in the virginia section.
He can buy it for you and give it to you as a gift or sell it to you for $1. You should have no problem at the range, so he doesn't have to tell them he's buying it for you--and I wouldn't advise he do so. You could shoot my or anyone else's guns at the range, or rent one yourself, so that's not an issue. Learn to shoot it well and have fun.
Oh gawd, here we go again. WTH is the difference if dad sells it to the kid for $1 or for $525? If dad purchases the gun with the intention of selling it to the son when it is purchased, it is considered a straw purchase by the ATF, regardless if the money switches hands before or after the purchase and regardless of the amount of money that switches hands related to the gun.
It is not a straw purchase if either:
1. Dad buys it as a gift for the son and no money switches hands from son to father in relation to the gun.
2. Dad buys the gun for his personal collection and use and decides sometime later to sell it (the ATF "recommends" one year, but not a requirement).
The correct way to handle the transaction according to an ATF agent that I spoke with personally, is for son to give dad a sum of money for something completely unrelated to the gun, such as a christmas gift, for the purchase of something else, or for a service performed such as a $525 oil change. The ATF then does not care if dad uses his own money to buy a firearm to be given to the son as a gift, even if the purchase price of the gun happens to be very similar to that given to the father for something completely unrelated to the gun.
Yes, it's stupid, yes it's skirting the law, but the BATFE has bigger fish to fry than trying to put two gifts together as in the above scenario.