Handgun as a gift


12 pointer
Dec 26, 2004
Western Ky.
My daughter (22) wants a hand gun so she can get her concealed carry permit. I was going to buy it as a graduation gift. When doing the background check it seems I remember a question about if this is purchased for someone else or something like that. Is there other steps required on her part if I say it's a gift? Seems it's easier to buy it and then just hand it down to her as it's legal to give a family member a gun without any checks. I just don't want to get anyone in trouble. What's the best way to handle it?


12 pointer
Nov 10, 2004
The OC
If you're truly buying it solely to give to her, just take her with you and have her go through the check. But if you're going to buy it for yourself and then later decide to give it to her, then you can just buy it like any other gun. "Later" can be minutes later, days later, weeks later, months later, or years later. Though minutes later would look awfully suspicious.


10 pointer
Jun 20, 2012
down a holler SE KY
Yeah that question always bothered me with our litigous society and alphabet agencys. Immediate family, even if some agency and or persecutor wanted to prosecute, I think a Judge would throw it out, so I would not worry. But what about an inlaw or friend? Myself I wouldn't do it with a recently purchased firearm, better to give a gift certificate to the store with shop owner holding it for them on agreement. You played it safe.


12 pointer
Nov 10, 2004
The OC
A year ago, I would have worried a lot more than I would about this now.

Really, there would either have to be some sort of sting operation going on, or you'd have to be part of something else illegal before anyone would ever even check.

Dark Cloud

12 pointer
Aug 14, 2009
Lawrence Co.
It's sad you should even have to worry about something like that.i guess it's our new society that's being pushed on us
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8 pointer
Oct 30, 2013
I would buy it and pass it down to my children or wife without hesitation. No one else though.


Feb 18, 2014
You can purchase a handgun and then just give it as a gift.
Any other way could be considered a straw purchase which is illegal.

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