The national news is constantly buzzing with talk of gun control and the dreaded “gun show loophole.” But here is something you probably didn’t know: it is a federal felony for a resident of one state to transfer any firearm to a resident of another state.
18 USC §922(a)(5) provides that it is unlawful:
“For any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector) to transfer, sell, trade, give, transport, or deliver any firearm to any person (other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector) who the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe does not reside in (or if the person is a corporation or other business entity, does not maintain a place of business in) the State in which the transferor resides; except that this paragraph shall not appy to (A) the transfer, transportation, or delivery of a firearm made to carry out a bequest of a firearm to, or an acquisition by intestate succession of a firearm by, a person who is permitted to acquire or possess a firearm under the laws of the State of his residence, and (B) the loan or rental of a firearm to any person for temporary use for lawful sporting purposes.”
For example, let’s say your grandson is coming up this summer from Virginia and he just turned 18. You had always told him that you would give him that old hunting rifle when he turned 18, and now you come through on your promise and you hand it to him. Guess what, you just committed a federal felony punishable to up to five years in prison.”
The only way to avoid breaking the law is to involve a licensed dealer. Know the law and protect your firearms.
By: John R. Griffin