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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 04-06-2018, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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registering firearms ?

when buying a firearm or just a hand me down from a family member or friend even a swap meet or flea market pick up does anyone know of a place I can get the gun registered in my name with out the selling party being present or charging a ridiculous fee.... I went to a gun shop near me to register a 9mm I bought from my brother in law which was his dads and he passed away and they told me I needed to bring the seller in and charge of 50+ dollars is there away around this system and fee or am I stuck paying it. what if I can't get the seller from a firearm I purchased years ago that I don't know who or where they are or even they are still alive. I have several sitting in my safe I bought 30-40 years ago and never had registered what do I do now. any info would help. gun shops seem to avoid giving me an answer on this, I just think they want my money.
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When I gave my pistol to my son in law, the shop wanted 35$ to transfer, We went somewhere else and the new shop charged us $10, Seems they can charge what they want to transfer. I would call for prices before going in.

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Part of that fee is for what the PSP charges for the instant background check. Whatever the fee is, it is less expensive than getting caught for not having it transferred to you. You can't expect business to do the required paper work and do the insta check for free, especially if you are not a regular customer just looking for a place to have the work done and didn't buy the gun from them. Kinda like going to a garage and wanting an oil change and bringing your own oil.

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Go to gunbroker and look up transfer FFL's for your area. The prices that are listed may or may not be correct, depends on whether the FFL updates it. But you'll see a bunch that will transfer it.
This is the site, not sure if it will open for you as I am logged in on gunbroker.
https://www.gunbroker.com/ffl/searchforffl.aspx

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what happens when I pass? I want and willed all my fire arms to my son? what if the wife wants one in the house and just keeps it?
I think this will all change given the current attitudes but I will cross that bridge accordingly.

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Part of that fee is for what the PSP charges for the instant background check. Whatever the fee is, it is less expensive than getting caught for not having it transferred to you. You can't expect business to do the required paper work and do the insta check for free, especially if you are not a regular customer just looking for a place to have the work done and didn't buy the gun from them. Kinda like going to a garage and wanting an oil change and bringing your own oil.
thanks woods makes sense not being a reg customer and paperwork but I thought the $55 was a little extreme that's why ask maybe someone knows a little place with and FFL that does it a little cheaper since I think the bigger more popular places have higher overhead an charge more,
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Go to gunbroker and look up transfer FFL's for your area. The prices that are listed may or may not be correct, depends on whether the FFL updates it. But you'll see a bunch that will transfer it.
This is the site, not sure if it will open for you as I am logged in on gunbroker.
https://www.gunbroker.com/ffl/searchforffl.aspx
thanks tung I already belong to gunbrokers.com never thought to check on there I will do that
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what happens when I pass? I want and willed all my fire arms to my son? what if the wife wants one in the house and just keeps it?
I think this will all change given the current attitudes but I will cross that bridge accordingly.
I agree Teal that's why I want to get all my ducks in a row as I am getting older I don't want my son having any legal issues or my wife when I pass attitudes are changing and may come a time soon when owning grampaps and dads firearms with be no longer legal.
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How far back do records of gun purchases/transfers go? Example....my Grandfather had a 22 Colt pistol. Probably bought in late 60s -early 70s. Is that record of purchase still out there? Away before computers existed. Were paper records from that era digitalized and stored?
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