Originally Posted by thegrantman
....My situation. I am a resident of California but live in Kentucky while going to graduate school. Is there any way that I can purchase a handgun? Be it online from a retailer in CA, and then have it shipped to a FFL in KY or from a retailer in KY who will send it to a FFL in CA who will then ship it to me or a FFL in KY? OR (and I am beginning to think this is the case) I need to physically be IN California to purchase the firearm.
Under federal law, for the purposes of firearms transfer, while you are present in Kentucky attending school you are a Kentucky resident. See 27 CFR 478.11:
State of residence. The State in which an individual resides. An individual resides in a State if he or she is present in a State with the intention of making a home in that State. If an individual is on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces, the individual's State of residence is the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located. An alien who is legally in the United States shall be considered to be a resident of a State only if the alien is residing in the State and has resided in the State for a period of at least 90 days prior to the date of sale or delivery of a firearm. The following are examples that illustrate this definition:
A maintains a home in State X. A travels to State Y on a hunting, fishing, business, or other type of trip. A does not become a resident of State Y by reason of such trip.
A is a U.S. citizen and maintains a home in State X and a home in State Y. A resides in State X except for weekends or the summer months of the year and in State Y for the weekends or the summer months of the year. During the time that A actually resides in State X, A is a resident of State X, and during the time that A actually resides in State Y, A is a resident of State Y.
A, an alien, travels on vacation or on a business trip to State X. Regardless of the length of time A spends in State X, A does not have a State of residence in State X. This is because A does not have a home in State X at which he has resided for at least 90 days.
Whether or not you might have an issue under Kentucky law I couldn't say. I think you might want to look into it, however.