Can I Gift a Gun? – Virginia

Do you have the question, can I gift a gun for the holidays? Watch Independent Program Attorney Ed Riley teach what you need to know before you buy.

Ed: Happy Holidays from U.S. LawShield of Virginia. Hi, it’s Ed Riley U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney from Virginia. As you may imagine, at this time a year we get a very common question, which is can I give a firearm to friends or family?

The answer is yes. You can give a firearm to another person that is a resident of Virginia. As long as they are legally able to own and possess a firearm.

Now if it is your intent to give a firearm this holiday season, or any other point during the year, we have three key points for you to remember.

Key point number one. It is very important that you are sure the person you are giving that firearm to can legally possess the firearm. It is a felony if they cannot, and you have knowingly given them the firearm.

Number two, there is no background check required in Virginia if you are going to give that firearm.

And number three, and this is more of a recommendation. If you don’t already possess the firearm you want to give and you want to give a firearm as a gift it is recommended you buy a gift card at a firearm store to allow the person to buy the gun they want to buy, so they can buy the gun they want to buy and can go through the background check and information required. So you don’t have to go through those things. And it can be an easier process for everyone involved.

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