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Posted: 12/14/2013 10:02:50 AM EST
My son wants a handgun for Christmas. Never having bought a gun for someone else before, I'm clueless about any potential purchase issues.

Am I in for an issue if I buy it as a gift to him? Or am I better off just giving him the money to buy it himself?

Thanks.

Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:26:43 AM EST
If he can legally own / purchase the handgun himself then you have nothing to worry about, its legal. If he legally can not own / purchase the handgun himself then you cannot buy it for him nor knowingly give him the money to buy one.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:27:40 AM EST
If He is in the same state and not prohibited, You can buy it and give as a gift.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 10:28:41 AM EST
He's legal.

I just wasn't sure what the best/easiest way to do it would be.

Thanks.
Link Posted: 12/14/2013 1:19:30 PM EST
Since he's legal and in the same state, no issues. Just purchase same as you always do. Buying it as a gift, you are the "actual purchaser" as asked on the 4473. You don't need to tell the dealer it's a gift... it just confuses some of them who think gift purchases are straw purchases.
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