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August 23, 2010

Vol. 4   No. 15

Don't Lie for the Other Guy

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, Firearms and Explosives 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 less,

  • Fugitives from justice,

  • Unlawful users of certain depressant, narcotic or stimulant drugs,

  • Those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents, or those committed to any mental institution,

  • Illegal aliens,

  • Persons who have renounced their citizenship,

  • Those persons dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces,

  • 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 firearm purchase."

  1. An illegal firearm purchase is a federal crime.

  2. An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.

  3. 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.

Don't Lie for the Other Guy!


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