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Old 07-08-2018, 10:05 AM
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Location: Northern panhandle WV
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Hi, I have bought guns in 3 states, NH, MA, and WV. In all three I of course had to go through the background check etc. But in none of the states did I have to register the guns in any way.
My question is if I wish to give any of those guns to family members do I have to somehow transfer them, and How does that work? I now live in WV if that helps.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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AFAIK, there is no Federal law requiring a background check for a gift.
I know nothing about your state laws regarding the issue. In my state there is no problem. In Washington, ANY firearms transfer requires a background check, according to State Law. I haven't heard of any enforcement action of that law. I have relatives in the Seattle/Tacoma area, so I'm sure I would have heard about it if it took place.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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If your family members reside out of state from WV, then you have to do a transfer through an FFL. If you send the guns to an out of state FFL for transfer, make sure that FFL will accept a gun shipped from a non-FFL. If not, then you would have to have a WV FFL ship the guns to the out of state FFL for you. (usually a nominal fee of $30-$50/gun).

If they live in WV, check your state laws to see if you can just hand it to them. I'd guess there would be no problems to do so, since WV is a "free state" (no permits necessary for eligible adults to purchase and/or carry a firearm concealed or openly).

Just make sure your relatives are eligible to own a firearm (not a felon, addict, mentally ill, etc...)

Again, check your state laws, as anonymous Internet posters are not the ultimate authority on anything..... particularly the law. Neither are your local police.

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Old 07-08-2018, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Hi, I have bought guns in 3 states, NH, MA, and WV. In all three I of course had to go through the background check etc. But in none of the states did I have to register the guns in any way.
My question is if I wish to give any of those guns to family members do I have to somehow transfer them, and How does that work? I now live in WV if that helps.
Depends on the state you’re in. In Maryland, ANY regulated firearm must be transferred through an FFL to be a lawful transaction. Note that in Maryland, regulated does not necessarily mean registered. I’d check with your local state police barracks.
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Old 07-08-2018, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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He said he's in West Virginia now - which is a "free state".
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Old 07-09-2018, 12:54 PM
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Hi, I have bought guns in 3 states, NH, MA, and WV. In all three I of course had to go through the background check etc. But in none of the states did I have to register the guns in any way.
My question is if I wish to give any of those guns to family members do I have to somehow transfer them, and How does that work? I now live in WV if that helps.
Go by your current state's laws. If WV doesn't require it, don't worry about it. You cannot be held accountable to those other states if you are not living there.
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:42 PM
Status: "waiting for God," I am female" (set 20 days ago)
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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He said he's in West Virginia now - which is a "free state".
JFYI that would be She
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Old 07-13-2018, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I don't know about WV but in MA the person that owns the gun needs to be properly licensed to possess that gun.
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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JFYI that would be She

Oops! Pardon me, young lady.

FWIW - At least four women in my extended family have concealed carry licenses (and do carry), plus my granddaughter is planning on doing the same. Unfortunately my wife does not like guns and has never fired one, but she doesn't mind my hobby of accumulating them.
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Old Yesterday, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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I recently spoke to a BATF agent about this, and he confirmed that transferring handguns to an out of state relative must go thru an FFL in that other state. There are no "private, face to face transactions" across state lines.

Same rules for gifts, sales, and inheritances. I didn't ask about long guns.
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