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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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My grandfather recently gave a 357 to my father. It was purchased in 1974. Does my father need to register the weapon? I'm thinking yes.

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I'm pretty sure that transfers between parents and children do not require registration.

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Your father doesn't have to do anything. The less paper trail a firearm has the better!

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There is no gun registration in PA. Some gun transfers must be approved via Criminal Background Check through the PSP. Transfers between grand parents and children or grand children or between spouse do not need to go through the PSP.
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Your father doesn't have to do anything. The less paper trail a firearm has the better!
Plinker is correct, there is no requirements between grandparent/ parent/ child/ spouse...any other handgun transfers need to go thru a FFL and be recorded

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so if my uncle gave my grandma a 38 special then she gave it to my mom and my mom gave it to me no transfer is required, correct?

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Steve, that's a good question.

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Although, technically Uncle Jimmy died, and Aunt Carol gave it to grandma (an inlaw) who gave it to mom who gave it to you. The question is, is a transfer required when Aunt Carol gave it to Grandma since they are mother-in-law/daughter-in-law.

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transfers are pretty inexpensive...25$ i believe?....its best to do it and not need to worry about it IMO...unless the gun is never leaving the house...if its going to be used or carried or taken anywhere, id get it done just to make life easy....if an officer ever runs it, it will come back to whoever actually currently owns it and theres no issue...

original owner could have a different last name than whoever is keeping it...that will raise an eyebrow if its ever ran and checked....


just my thoughts on it...i had mine transferred to me when i was 21 even though they were originally gifts from dad and legal without being transferred...i dont need pulled over 8 states away and have some troubles because my pistols came back to dad not me...
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I inherited my revolvers from my father. Both of them were purchased b/4 the current requirements so neither of them are in the PSP 'list' of purchased firearms. They won't show up if they are run.Of course one is 99yrs old and the other is over 70yrs old. If I would purchase a new handgun it would be in the 'list'...

Anyone moving into PA with a handgun purchased in a different state won't be in the 'list' either...

Why give them any info they don't need? The 'list' was found to be illegal by the Supream Court of PA as it is not a 'complete registry'...I wouldn't add one to it if it wasn't necessary.

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