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Old 11-12-2012, 3:43 PM
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Originally Posted by StoneThrower View Post
I recently moved to California (a few weeks ago) from Nevada but have yet to get a CA drivers license. Is it still legal for me to drive to Las Vegas, buy firearms and bring them back? My drivers license, CCW permit and vehicle registration are still valid in the state of Nevada.
The short answer is "no." Under federal law (ATF regulations) once you've moved to California to live, you are now a California resident for the purposes of federal gun laws. 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:

Example 1.

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.

Example 2.

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.

Example 3.

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....
Originally Posted by winnre View Post are really in transition, you are moving here slowly and it will take, oh, 30 days to finish the move. In that time since all your documentation says NV you are probably a NV resident....
No, see the ATF regulation quoted above. "Being in transition" is legally meaningless, and what State your DL is from has nothing to do with things.

Note that a violation of federal law on interstate firearms transfers can get you up to five years in federal prison and/or a fine. It's also a felony so a conviction comes with a lifetime loss of gun rights.
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