Hawaii FiveO wrote:
I would like to buy a gun in Utah where I own a home. But in order to purchase a piece one would have to be a resident or at least show ID such as a DL.
I could buy but the merchant would have to ship it to a FFL here in SJ. I want to avoid the fees they charge, which IMHO is a rip off.
So why couldn't I just have a resident of UT friend buy the gun and "give " it to me? I plan to visit UT in March and had plans to purchase some handguns as the prices there are more reasonable than here in SJ. Plus I wouldn't have to pay a background check because I hold a UT CFP. So wait time from purchase to delivery of weapon is about 5 minutes.:celebrate
Because you would be violating both Federal and California law.
For another person to buy a gun, when you are not allowed to (in Utah), is a Straw Purchase and is a Federal Offense.
If your friend were to legally buy a gun as a legitimate gift, he would still have to ship the gun to a CA FFL and you would have to pay the fees and wait the 10 days.
It is a P.I.T.A. but do it the right way, obey the laws.