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Bobula
09-24-2007, 11:54 PM
After my dad passed away I was left a handgun, which I never shoot. Do I need to get it registered into my name to sell it? How can I find out if it was even registered to him?

derek@thepackingrat.net
09-25-2007, 12:29 AM
I would assume so.

Can I give a firearm to my adult child? Can he/she give it back to me later?

Yes, as long as the adult child receiving the firearm is not in a prohibited category PDF logo [PDF 10 kb / 1 pg] and the firearm is a legal firearm to possess, the transfer of a firearm between a parent and child or a grandparent and grandchild is exempt from the dealer transfer requirement. However, if the firearm is a handgun, you must submit an Report of Operation of Law or Intra-Familial Handgun Transaction PDF logo [PDF 481 kb / 2 pg] and $19 fee to the DOJ within 30 days. Assault weapons may not be transferred in this fashion. See Penal Code section 12285, subdivision (b).

http://ag.ca.gov/firearms/pubfaqs.php

I think handguns were DROS'd by serial number only within the last 25 years. If he had it prior to that, chances are it's not an issue.

Bobula
09-25-2007, 12:57 AM
Well the only thing is I'm unsure as to how he aquired it, and it's waaaaaay past 30 days. (He passed away 3 years ago)

Knauga
09-25-2007, 5:19 AM
Doesn't matter. Just fill out the form and send it in.

I inherited my grandfathers pistol he had had since the late 50's. I don't know how he acquired it either, but as long as it doesn't come up stolen the DOJ really doesn't care.

savasyn
09-25-2007, 9:09 AM
I actually had a similar question. My wife has her dad's service 1911 from WWII. He passed about 20 years ago and she'd had it ever since. So she still needs to send in the form and the $19?

Quiet
09-25-2007, 10:01 AM
I actually had a similar question. My wife has her dad's service 1911 from WWII. He passed about 20 years ago and she'd had it ever since. So she still needs to send in the form and the $19?
If she wants it registered in her name, yes, she needs to send in the form and $19.

If she doesn't want it registered in her name, no, she doesn't need to send in the form and $19.

Keep in mind, any "crime" committed with an unregistered handgun automatically gets upgraded to a felony.

Bobula
09-25-2007, 2:38 PM
what about the voluntary handgun registration form, what's that one used for?

maxicon
09-25-2007, 4:34 PM
That one's for handguns that don't need to be registered but that you want in the system, like one you owned before registration was required.

sloguy
09-26-2007, 12:51 AM
That one's for handguns that don't need to be registered but that you want in the system, like one you owned before registration was required.

when was registration required? what year?

Quiet
09-26-2007, 2:44 PM
when was registration required? what year?
1980.
Anything before that is not in the AFS. Unless, the owner submitted a form.

Bobula
09-26-2007, 3:06 PM
Any idea on how long it takes? I mailed the form off today

Knauga
09-26-2007, 8:22 PM
couple of weeks.

Bobula
09-26-2007, 8:28 PM
will they send me a letter or something??

Overkill
09-26-2007, 8:34 PM
Yes, you get a letter in the mail notifying you of the transfer of the firearm to your name. I think it usually takes a few weeks to process.

virulosity
09-26-2007, 8:38 PM
Is it a crime not to register? What are the pro's and cons of registering? Can you PPT (sell) a handgun that is not registered?

Quiet
09-27-2007, 11:11 AM
Is it a crime not to register? What are the pro's and cons of registering? Can you PPT (sell) a handgun that is not registered?

It's not a crime to not register a handgun. Anything before 1980 is voluntary, anything after 1980 is done automatically during DROS.

Pro's? CA DOJ doesn't know you have it.
Con's? Any "crime" committed with it gets bumped up to a felony.
For example, concealed handgun in a vehicle = misdemeanor & an unregistered concealed handgun in a vehicle = felony.

Unsure if you can PPT non-registered handguns.
But, I do know you can't have an unregistered handgun on your CA CCW permit.

AJAX22
09-27-2007, 11:27 AM
I thought handguns were able to be purchased without DROS as late as 1990-1991 if done PPT no registration was required?

Yes you can currently PPT non registered handguns, I've bought a few from older gentlemen, you just take it to the gunstore and fill out the paperwork like any other firearm.

Bobula
09-27-2007, 3:06 PM
Is there a way to find out if a firearm is registered? I can't sell a forearm registered to someone else.

ViPER395
09-29-2007, 4:00 AM
Is there a way to find out if a firearm is registered? I can't sell a forearm registered to someone else.

bump

Bobula
10-23-2007, 12:32 PM
a month, still haven't heard anyhthing

Bobula
11-01-2007, 5:14 PM
They cashed my check on 10/12 but I haven't heard anything.......

Shane916
11-01-2007, 6:08 PM
They cashed my check on 10/12 but I haven't heard anything.......

It takes a while. Like stated before, they will send you a letter shortly.

Fjold
11-01-2007, 6:33 PM
I sent in an Intrafamilial Transfer form (to register a gift handgun to me) on August 16th. I got the acknowledgement letter last week from the DOJ.

I would guess that you're looking at a minimum of 60 days now for registration paperwork.

otteray
11-01-2007, 7:26 PM
What is the advantage of registration, if not required, if one knows the weapon will not be used for an illegal purpose or transported illegally?
Say, for hunting or range practice or home self defense.

Bobula
11-01-2007, 7:29 PM
What is the advantage of registration, if not required, if one knows the weapon will not be used for an illegal purpose or transported illegally?
Say, for hunting or range practice or home self defense.

So I can sell it?

otteray
11-01-2007, 7:43 PM
So I can sell it?

As you clearly stated earlier.

Bobula
12-11-2007, 1:35 PM
finally got a letter from them today, all is well!

Hunter
12-11-2007, 2:29 PM
Is there a way to find out if a firearm is registered? I can't sell a forearm registered to someone else.

You should really check out the DOJ website under FAQs


Can I get a list of the firearms for which I am listed as the purchaser, transferee, or owner?
Yes. To obtain a list of firearms listed in your name, complete and submit an Automated Firearms System Records Request [PDF 21 kb / 1 pg] form to the Automated Firearms Unit, P.O. Box 820200, Sacramento, CA 94203-0200. The letter must be signed, notarized, and include a photocopy of your photo ID card (ie., driver's license or DMV ID).

Bobula
12-11-2007, 2:31 PM
You should really check out the DOJ website under FAQs
Already did an interfamily transfer! Thanks though