Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Michigan Firearms Law: How Can I Legally Take Possession Of A Handgun From A Relative In Another State?

Ask The Michigan Firearms Instructor
Q: Hello Rick. I have a question for you. My dad lives in Tennessee and he wants to give me one of his pistols. What do I have to do to transfer it to my name? Basically, what is the proper procedure?

A: In a nutshell, you will need to have the firearm shipped to a federally licensed gun dealer locally for you to have the handgun transferred to you. The gun shop you select will advise you how to have the firearm properly shipped to his location.

A person not licensed under the Gun Control Act (GCA) and not prohibited from acquiring firearms may purchase a firearm from an out-of-State source and obtain the firearm if an arrangement is made with a licensed dealer in the purchaser’s State of residence for the purchaser to obtain the firearm from the dealer. [18 U.S.C. 922(a)(3) and 922(b)(3)]

You are strongly encouraged to not only conduct your own independent research but to also consult with a competent and qualified attorney before acting upon any information in this article. Laws covering self-defense, lethal force, firearms, and the Michigan Concealed Pistol License and their enforcement are always subject to change due to laws being amended, politics conducted in the Prosecutor's Office, and election results at all levels of government. Ignorance of the law, legally speaking, is not a valid excuse for running afoul of it. The penalties and fines imposed upon violators of firearms related offenses are stiff and severe.

About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school - Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, UPI, NRAnews, Guns Digest, Tactical-Life, The Truth About Guns, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, The Detroit Examiner, WJLB, WGPR, and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

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