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Firearms can make great gifts. However, before you buy a gun as a gift, there are a few legal matters to consider.
#1: MAKE SURE THE RECIPIENT IS ELIGIBLE TO POSSESS THE GUN
First and foremost, make sure the recipient is eligible to possess the gun. Some individuals, such as convicted felons, those convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic abuse, or those subject to certain protective orders are prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.
#2: MAKE SURE YOU AND THE PERSON RECEIVING THE GUN ARE RESIDENTS OF THE SAME STATE
Second, make sure you and the person receiving the gun are residents of the same state. Generally, a private, unlicensed individual may transfer a gun to another private, unlicensed individual who is eligible to possess firearms, if both of you live in the same state. However, there may be additional legal hoops—which brings us to our next point.