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Old 03-01-2013, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by BlackBeardActual View Post
Librarian, bringing over the discussion from my other thread about this in the Centerfire section (, if edamon's sister gave him the gun then no one would be the wiser that he owned it, technically. Right?

From some wiki reading, I assume handguns are handled differently than long guns? Do handguns need to be registered no matter what? I'm confused by this because I saw a thread about someone legally buying an unregistered gun via PPT.

What is the advantage of doing a transfer through an FFL, other than it being the lawful way. Does it give you any additional advantages, like in case of a crime (not committing one that is), i.e, you're gun being lost or stolen?
Last question first: to NOT do the transfer through an FFL is a misdemeanor for both buyer and seller - doing the transfer 'the right way' avoids the risk of up to a year in jail.

Until Jan 1, 2014, handguns are treated differently from long guns. On that Jan 1, long guns get treated substantially the same as handguns are treated now.

See the wiki article on registration --
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