Taking the time, and putting forth the the effort to
obtain a Concealed Handgun License is a pretty good indication that you
consider it important to stay on the right side of gun laws. For
some of you, this is your first involvement with firearms ownership.
While you have learned the legal ramifications of carrying a concealed
handgun, you should also be very aware of laws relating to the
acquisition of firearms.
For nearly a decade, the
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), of which we at Staying
Alive, Inc., are members, has
partnered with the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
and the Office of Justice Programs. They work to assist law enforcement in
educating firearms retailers to identify and deter
illegal Straw Purchases and to raise public awareness that Straw
Purchasing is a serious crime.
You should be aware, if you buy a
firearm for someone because they are prohibited from buying it for
themselves, you are violating Federal law and can be charged with
a felony offense.
Who is a "Prohibited Person?"
The following classes of persons are prohibited by federal law from
possessing, receiving, shipping, or transporting firearms or ammunition:
Those convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment
for over one year, except state misdemeanors punishable by two years or
Fugitives from justice,
Unlawful users of certain depressant, narcotic or
Those adjudicated as mental defectives or
incompetents, or those committed to any mental institution,
Persons who have renounced their citizenship,
Those persons dishonorably discharged from the Armed
Persons less than 18 years of age for the purchase of
a shotgun or rifle,
Persons less than 21 years of age for the purchase of
a firearm that is other than a shotgun or rifle,
Persons subject to a court order that restrains such
persons from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner,
Persons convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime
of domestic violence, or
Persons under indictment for a crime punishable by
imprisonment for more than one year are ineligible to receive, transport
or ship any firearm or ammunition.
A "Straw Purchase", buying a gun for someone
who is prohibited by law from possessing one or for someone who does not
want his or her name associated with the transaction, is an illegal
An illegal firearm purchase is a
An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony
conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
Buying a gun for someone who can't can cost you your
good name and land you in big trouble.
Never buy a gun for someone who is unwilling or
unable to do so.