Know Your State and Local Laws Before Buying That Weapon Related Gift

December 11 2013
by GSL Staff
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mag_treeUnfortunately, our nation is a hodgepodge of random, arbitrary laws at the state and local level in regards to guns, knives, gun magazines and accessories. Until the Second Amendment is properly recognized by all municipalities, it’s important to make sure you know your local laws before doing holiday shopping for that gun and knife enthusiast in your life.

As the holiday season gets into full swing, you will have many uninformed buyers purchasing guns knives and accessories for that special gun enthusiast, outdoorsman or hunter in their life. This means the uniformed could make bad, or in some cases, even illegal purchases.

Know your state’s laws on the transfer of guns if you intend to gift them. Some states (unfortunately again) have waiting periods, registration processes, and licenses required for simply purchasing a gun. Although in most states you can quickly, easily, and legally purchase a gun to give as a gift.

If you plan on buying accessories or gun magazines as a gift, once again, know your local and state laws. Most brick and mortar dealers will only sell items that are legal where they are doing business. However, if you’re ordering online, you may inadvertently order an illegal item by mistake. Many online vendors won’t ship prohibited items to certain jurisdictions, but some (either knowingly or unknowingly) will. It’s ultimately on you to make sure the items you’re ordering are legal where you live.

After reading the above, you might say, well I’ll just get a knife as a present. Gun folks like knives too, right? We sure do! However, not so fast. The only thing more confusing than gun laws is knife laws. While most gun laws are controlled at the state level, in many states, local counties and cities will have their own laws regarding legality of ownership and carry of knives.

Some states, counties and cities have prohibitions on the fixed blade vs folding knives, the type of opening mechanism allowed for folding knives and overall size. If you are going to buy a knife that is intended to be carried, make sure you do your research.

Of course, if you’re still unsure of your state and local laws, you can always go with the tried and trusted gift card. Most larger sporting goods stores and even many local shops now offer gift cards and certificates.

Whatever ends up under your tree, have a safe and Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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